Events

  • Family Fun Saturday

    Family Fun Saturday

    1-4 p.m., Kentucky Historical Society, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway. For kids ages 5-10. Come anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.

    Free admission, separate from attending a KHS museum, which has paid admission.
    Info: 502-564-1792

     

    • Nov. 1, 8 & 15
      Gourds Galore
      Create your own gourd-eous masterpiece and learn about the history of Kentucky gourd folk arts and crafts.
    • Nov. 22 & 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27
      Celebrate the Season, 19th Century Style!
      Experience the joy of the holiday season and traditions of the 19th century by playing games, exploring the contents of Christmas stockings and creating holiday pomanders.
  • Food for Thought

    FFT Join us monthly March through November for lunch (starting at noon) and a talk. $20 for KHS members; $25 for other patrons. Reservations to: Julia Curry, 502-564-1792, ext. 4414, or julia.curry@ky.gov.

     

     

    • Nov. 12
      Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture
      Reservations required by Nov. 7.
      John van Willigen will explore Kentucky’s history through its changing food culture, beginning with Lettice Bryan’s 1839 cookbook, “The Kentucky Housewife.” He also will talk about Kentucky native Nancy Green, the original Aunt Jemima.
    • Dec. 10
      Fruit of the Vine: Kentucky Wine
      Reservations required by Dec. 5.
      From 0 to 60 in 24 years: Cynthia Bohn, owner of Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, pioneered the rebirth of the Kentucky wine industry, which has seen the state go from no wineries in 1990 to around 60 today. Bohn chaired the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council in the early 1990s and started a new agri-tourism industry with Equus Run vineyard and winery in 1998. She will talk about the growing industry.
  • Genealogy Tea & Sympathy

    genealogy tea & sympathy

    2 p.m.-4 p.m. Kentucky Historical Society, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway.

    Free. Registration required: KHSrefdesk@ky.gov or 502-564-1792, ext. 4460

    Have an ancestor who eludes you? Confused about which source to use next? Bring any genealogy issue, hot topic or question and the group will try to help you. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy! All research levels welcome.

    • Nov. 29
    • And in 2015: Jan. 31, May 30, Aug. 29 and Oct. 31
  • Historical Marker Dedications

    • Nov. 3
      Lexington’s Second Municipal Airport/Fasig-Tipton
      10 a.m. EST, 2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Fasig-Tipton occupies the site of Lexington’s second municipal airport, Glengarry Field.
    • Nov. 8
      Louisville Fair Ground
      10 a.m. EST, Crescent and Frankfort Aves., Louisville. The site served as Louisville’s fair grounds between 1853 and 1873.
    • Nov. 10
      Evan Williams
      10:30 a.m. EST, 528 W. Main St., Louisville. Williams built what is believed to have been the first commercial distillery in Kentucky, was a stonemason who oversaw construction of Jefferson County’s first jail and courthouse, and a city leader whose posts included trustee.
    • Nov. 17
      Lexington’s First Municipal Airport
      10 a.m. EST, Boiling Springs Drive and Leestown Road, Lexington. Halley Field was dedicated at this site on June 10, 1927, and saw aviation activity as early as 1921.
  • HistoryMobile on the Road*

    • No public appearances are scheduled at this time.

    *Non-public visits are not listed.

  • Piecing Together History

    Join others to share your knowledge with KHS and help us identify people and places in photographic and image collections. Unless otherwise noted, Piecing Together History is at the Thomas D. Clark Center for History. For information: KHS Reference Desk, 502-564-1792, ext. 4460, or KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.

    • Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-noon
      Bourbon Industry
      KHS will pull out some of the most puzzling (to us at least) of the images we have featuring the distilling process for this session. We need the public’s help in improving the descriptive information we have about the photographs. We don’t necessarily know what we are looking at, but we bet a lot of you do and we hope you’ll share that knowledge with us and the others who attend.
  • Second Saturday Genealogy

    Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway.
    Co-sponsored with the Kentucky Genealogical Society.
    Free. Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is recommended:502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or KHSrefdesk@ky.gov. You also may reserve a $7 box lunch (payable at the door).

    • Nov. 1
      NOTE: The November session takes place on the first Saturday of the month.
      Explore the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition with Patrick Lewis*10:30 a.m. Civil War Social Networking: 21st Century Reconstructions of 19th Century Kentucky
      The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K) is building a research database that will allow researchers to track individual Kentuckians, understand their social and kinship networks, economic systems, patterns of political patronage and more by identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating and linking together more than 30,000 Civil War-era documents from archives across the nation. This powerful tool will change the way genealogists, historians and teachers access, understand and interpret Kentucky history.12:30 p.m. Civil War CSI: Murder, Politics and the Louisville Horse Pile
      Just one document can raise new and fascinating questions. This session will interactively analyze an 1864 Louisville murder. The case seems open-and-shut, but what clues should historians be picking up on here? What does the case say about 19th century Kentucky—urban life, public health, the economy, immigration and ethnicity, civil-military interaction? What about that world is familiar to us? What questions jump out that need further research? What—or who— have historians overlooked in Civil War Kentucky? What can CWG-K help us learn about the dark side of a Kentucky we think we know so well?
  • Special Events

    KHS Fellows Talk
    Nov. 6, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

    • Atlantic Kentucky: The French Connection, 1780-1840
      Jones Conference Room, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
      KHS Research Fellow Tangi Villerbu will give an informal talk on his research. Villerbu, associate professor of history at the Université de La Rochelle, seeks to use the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley as a tool to link continental trends in Europe with the development of North America in the age of Revolutions and nation building.

     

    34th Candlelight Tour
    KHS is taking part in the unofficial start to Frankfort’s holiday season with special activities:

    Thursday, Nov. 6 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    *Free Admission after 5 p.m.

    • Visit the 1792 Store and receive a 20% discount off merchandise – it’s a perfect way to start your holiday shopping.
    • Explore the Kentucky Historical Society exhibits, “A Kentucky Journey” and the “Kentucky Hall of Governors.”
    • Trace your family’s roots in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library.

     

    5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    In the Brown-Forman Kentucky Room:

    • The Lionel train display is back and bigger than ever! The train offers plenty of holiday fun for the whole family. Courtesy of the Trivette family.
    • Enjoy “Kentucky Railroads, Street Cars and Interurbans as Seen in Postcards” slide presentation.
    • Visit with Kentucky Operation Lifesaver and learn about train safety.

    In Keeneland Gallery:

    • All aboard! Make and decorate your own conductor’s hat – every train engineer needs one.
    • Make your own train ornament to take home to adorn your tree.
      Honor a special person or observance
    • Purchase a commemorative brick and receive a 10% discount. Bricks are installed yearly in the Pathway through History.

    In Commonwealth Hall:
    These musical performances will put you in the holiday spirit.

    6:30 p.m.

    • Frankfort’s own Capital City Chorale will share Clement Moore’s “Twas the Night before Christmas.” This 20-minute operetta will be fun for children of all ages. Dr. Phyllis Vincent directs.

     

    7:30 p.m.

    • The Lexington Singers, Lexington’s premier vocal ensemble, will perform.

    Friday, Nov. 8 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    *Free Admission after 5 p.m.

    • Visit the 1792 Store and receive a 20% discount off merchandise – it’s a perfect way to start your holiday shopping.
    • Explore the Kentucky Historical Society exhibits, “A Kentucky Journey” and the “Kentucky Hall of Governors.”
    • The Lionel train display is back and bigger than ever! The train offers plenty of holiday fun for the whole family. Courtesy of the Trivette family. (In the Brown-Forman Kentucky Room)

     

    Saturday, Nov. 9 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    • Visit the 1792 Store and receive a 20% discount off merchandise – it’s a perfect way to start your holiday shopping.
    • Explore the Kentucky Historical Society exhibits, “A Kentucky Journey” and the “Kentucky Hall of Governors.”
    • Trace your family’s roots in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library.

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    • The Lionel train display is back and bigger than ever! The train offers plenty of holiday fun for the whole family. Courtesy of the Trivette family. (In the Brown-Forman Kentucky Room)

    Presented with generous support from:

    • Russell Capital Management LLC
    • Jack and Carol Russell
    • Kentucky Historical Society Foundation
  • Thursday Night Genealogy, Live!

    TNGL

    6:30-7:30 p.m., Kentucky Historical Society, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway.
    Free. Info: khsrefdesk@ky.gov or 502-564-1792, ext. 4460

    • Oct. 30
      Researching Cemeteries
    • Nov. 6
      Researching Native American Roots
    • Nov. 13
      Introduction to Pedigree/Family Tree Software
    • Nov. 20
      Getting Started with Genealogy
    • Dec. 4
      Researching Newspapers
    • Dec. 11
      Researching Occupations