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State of Song now streaming on Kentucky Educational Television

August 2, 2023

Watch Here In the fall of 2022, I took part in a collaborative examination of the music and meaning behind Kentucky’s State Song produced by Kentucky to the World. With poet Hannah Drake and musicians Harry Pickens and Ben Sollee and a live audience of people who love Kentucky, we tried to understand the hold […]


Thursday August 31, 2023, 7pm, Book Talk Campbell County Public Library (Newport, KY)

August 2, 2023

Explore regional history with our Spotlight Series, which brings three engaging talks from local speakers and authors to our Newport Branch. Wrapping up Spotlight Series is another look at Kentucky’s history, specifically its state song. Emily Bingham, author of My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic Song, will discuss the […]


March 16, 2023 6pm Arts Center of the Bluegrass, Danville, KY Book Talk and Signing

March 2, 2023

An Evening with Author Emily Bingham | March 16 | 6 to 7 pm Our Winter 2023 “Power and Possibility” series explores the intersection of art and power, examining how humans use stories, music, and art to interpret our histories, our communities, and ourselves. Humanities subjects to be addressed include history, anthropology, and creative writing. […]


Monday, June 6, 2022, 7pm-8pm ShopBar Louisville

In Conversation with Michael Washburn, author of a 33 1/3 volume on Tom Petty’s 1985 LP, Southern Accents. Special Guest, musical artist Heather Summers. 950 Barrett Avenue, 40204 Sponsored by WFPK and Carmichael’s Bookstore. Free to all!


In Discussion in Bardstown, Wednesday June 8, 7pm, Riot Book Cellar

May 29, 2022

Emily Bingham in Conversation with Eric King JUNE 8, 2022 @ 7PM, RIOT BOOK CELLAR 111 N.3RD STREET, BARDSTOWN, KY 40004 Join us for a conversation between Louisville author and historian Emily Bingham and Eric King, WHAS anchor and Bardstown native. They will discuss Bingham’s new book about the unsung histories of our state song, […]


Debating a State Song

May 7, 2018

“Is ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ the best song about Kentucky? Vote for your favorites.” Lexington Herald-Leader calls for public input following WashPo article


Derby Prep–Peeking into Research for My Old Kentucky Home Book

Lexington Herald-Leader | April 27, 2018

On the first Saturday in May, as the Kentucky Derby is about to begin, 150,000 people at Churchill Downs and a worldwide TV audience pause to sing or at least mumble along as a band plays the sentimental strains of “My Old Kentucky Home.” The words of the song’s first verse — the only one sung […]


Sisters First authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush in Louisville November 2

October 26, 2017

The Kentucky Center presents Jenna and Barbara Bush: Sisters First in conversation with Emily Bingham. Grab your sister (or a friend who is like one!) and settle in for an evening of personal stories and universal revelations during this celebration of sisterhood and the complicated, messy, hilarious, life-defining moments that accompany it.


Irrepressible in Palm Beach March 23, 2:30

February 3, 2017

Raised like a princess in one of the South’s most powerful families, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character and became the relative no one wanted to talk about. That is, until her great-niece discovered trunks filled with nearly […]


IRREPRESSIBLE out in PAPERBACK and featured on NYTBR Paperback Row

September 9, 2016

“IRREPRESSIBLE: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.) Henrietta, the author’s violet-eyed, statuesque great-aunt, had a capacity to make men and women fall in love with her. In this biography, Bingham tracks her great-aunt’s life, which coincided with a brief period in the 1900s when unconventional desires […]