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Mel Hankla will focus on the life and times of the Humble brothers. Michael, (1744-1818) was an armorer with Gen. George Rogers Clark and Conrad, (1739-1790) whose shop was in Bourbon County, about 5 miles west of Paris. By 1779, Michael had a gun shop on the corner of 12th and Main street in downtown Louisville. Rifles made by these brothers will be on display during and after the lecture.
An active member of the Kentucky Rifle Association for 28 years, Mel Hankla is a past president of the Contemporary Longrifle Association and editor of American Tradition Magazine. A builder of traditional Longrifles, in 1984 he was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts grant to apprentice with master Kentucky riflesmith Hershel House. In 2016 he was proudly inducted into the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors. A noted author, he has contributed articles to many publications and is currently working on a book entitled Up the Valley & Through the Gap - Following the Migration of Kentucky's Rifle Smiths.