You may know Las Vegas as “Sin City,” but before that desert town took up the moniker, Newport, Kentucky, was the Sin City. Nicknamed "Hollywood East," Newport hosted celebrities like Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and a young Frank Sinatra. Slot machines, brothels, live entertainment and restaurants lit up the streets and made the city a desirable – if somewhat sketchy – place to be.
If you want to learn firsthand what Newport was like in its gangster and gambling heyday, local historian Richard Challis is your guy. Challis is joining Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum for their virtual NKY History Hour Wednesday, March 22, to talk about his experiences growing up there.
The History Hour is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. You can register here to receive the Zoom link, or you can join via the museum’s Facebook page, where it will be streamed live.
The Behringer-Crawford Museum hosts NKY History Hours every other Wednesday evening. The program is currently free, but the museum says it may become open to members only in the future.
Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington. More information: bcmuseum.org.
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