Rogers Bardé, 78, sits in the attic of the Duncan Tavern Historic Center where the Kentucky chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is headquartered. Rogers helps keep the history of Bourbon County, much as her mother once did.
Rogers is deeply rooted in Bourbon County. She keeps photos of family members all around the house. After graduating from college in Virginia, she moved to New Mexico, where she lived for 37 years. While there, she says, “I got interested in genealogy and understanding the family and knowing more about them as people.”
As she gets older, Rogers is aware of the need to care for her body and mind. She and her boyfriend Larry Shelt, 81, try to make it the YMCA on Main Street every weekday morning. Her routines takes only about 20 minutes, but the health benefits of chatting with friends they meet along the way are manifold.
In order to volunteer as a poll worker, Rogers attends training at the Bourbon County Courthouse. Rogers is civic-minded, something she says she got from her mother, Kenney Shropshire Roseberry.
Rogers and Larry have been together for 14 years. They met on the dating website, Match.com. Every morning, they get up, make breakfast and eat at the table while reading the news on their respective devices. Rogers then looks up the temperature and records the high and low for the day in a ledger.
Their morning ritual includes waking up to public radio at 6:30 a.m.
Anne Wallace (right), who Rogers knew as Aunt Wally, went by the stage name Anne Shropshire. She became an actress in New York in the 1940s and appeared in the movies "Tootsie" (1982) and "The First Wives Club" (1996).
The Bargain Box is a thrift store on High Street where Rogers volunteers a three-hour afternoon shift. Her daughter Virginia drops off a check and schedules their next meeting before heading out to celebrate her wedding anniversary.
Rogers attends choir practice at First Presbyterian Church on Pleasant Street. Rogers finds community in her activities. As she ages, so do her friends.
“I watched mother die of old age and no one should have to do that,” she says, adding that people should “just be in a car wreck or something.” Rogers walks past the gravesites where some of her relatives are buried outside the Cane Ridge Meeting House – down the road from where she grew up. She’ll also be laid to rest in Bourbon County, alongside the many generations she has so diligently documented.