• 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 does not include Kentucky Historical Society exhibits.
    Info: 502-564-1792


    • Feb. 28 – We’ve Got the Beat!
      Create your own musical instrument as you listen to the sounds of African American jazz musicians from Kentucky’s past.
    • March 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Quilting Kentucky
      Explore quilting traditions used by Kentucky women and make your own cardboard loom.
    • April 4 – Reading Across Kentucky
      National Library Week (April 12-18) is coming. Celebrate by looking at and reading some children’s books written by Kentucky authors – and create your own children’s book.
    • April 11 – Family Fun Saturday presents Clifford the Big Red Dog. See Special Events for details.
    • April 18, 25 – Galloping to Derby
      Race to KHS to learn about the oldest continuously held sporting event in U.S. history, the Kentucky Derby! Learn about the naming of thoroughbreds and try crafts based on Triple Crown traditions.
  • Food for Thought

    FFT Join us monthly for lunch (starting at noon) and a talk.

    $20 for KHS members; $25 for other patrons.

    Reservations required to: Julia Curry, 502-564-1792, ext. 4414, or, no later than the Friday preceding the event.

    March 18: Kentucky Women Remembered

    In honor of Woman’s History Month, Eleanor Jordon, executive director, Kentucky Commission on Women, will discuss the new “Kentucky Women Remembered” film project. This full-length documentary tells the stories of up to 30 significant female contributors to Kentucky’s history. Jordan also will discuss the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit that consists of more than 60 watercolor portraits of outstanding Kentucky women and is housed in the State Capitol.

    April 15: Why bother learning Kentucky history?
    Why should anyone bother to learn about things that happened long ago and far away? Who cares about history’s relevance to the present and future? Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader columnist, will discuss the history’s relevance and how he often uses it as a resource for his columns about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky.

    May 20: The Pie Seller, The Drunk, and The Lady: Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky
    During the 19th century, cholera raged through the United States several times, and Kentucky had very high fatality rates. In 1833, 500 people in Lexington died from cholera in just a few weeks. Terry Foody, RN and MSN, will discuss three unlikely heroes who stepped up to help during this critical time in the city’s history.

    Programs also will take place June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9. Details to come.


  • 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: 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.

    • May 30, Aug. 29 and Oct. 31
  • Historical Marker Dedications

      No dedications are scheduled.
  • HistoryMobile on the Road*

    No public visits are scheduled.
    *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

    No events are scheduled at this time.

  • 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

    March 14: Tracking Down Elusive Ancestors with Gail Jackson Miller

    10:30-11:30 a.m. Born in Kentucky
    Your ancestor was born in Kentucky; but where? Learn techniques for finding the Kentucky origins of families who moved west.

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Murder and Mayhem on the River: The Life of the Harpes

    The story of the Harpe brothers who terrorized the frontier of Kentucky and Tennessee from Cumberland Gap to the Green River in the period of 1797 to 1799.

    Gail Jackson Miller, CG, is a professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in Kentucky and Tennessee research. She grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, with all of her family lines extending back to the early 1800s in Kentucky or Tennessee. Her personal research continues to enhance her general knowledge of families and records.

    April 11: Introduction to DNA

    10:30-11:30 a.m. The ABCs of DNA

    DNA analysis is expanding the possibilities of genealogical research. In this session, attendees will learn about the basic genetic terminology and concepts; the main types of tests available for genealogical purposes, their inheritance patterns and their limitations. Attendees also will learn how to identify their testing goal and which test would best meet that goal.

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Taking Genetic Genealogy Beyond the ABCs

    Learn about the three major testing companies, the tests and tools they provide and what to do with your test results. Campisano also will cover some helpful third party resources.

    Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA history), has more than 30 years of genealogical research experience – 23 as a professional. She completed course work in genealogical studies at IGHR at Samford in Birmingham, Alabama, and SLIG in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has focused on genetic genealogy at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Institute for Genetic Genealogy in Washington, D.C. Campisano frequently lectures on methodology at local, state and regional conferences.

  • Special Events

    Family Fun Saturday presents Clifford the Big Red Dog
    April 11
    Special Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Admission: Child $6 | Adult $4 | Children 2 & Under FREE. KHS membership discounts do not apply.
    Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Bring your camera and take a picture with him or just shake his paw. The first 200 kids in the door get a free “retro” photo of themselves with Clifford. Special activities celebrate history and National Library Week (April 12-18).

    Boone Day
    June 5-6
    Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
    Boone Day 2015 starts with a special concert the evening of June 5 and picks up with activities and a special talk on June 6. Check back in the coming weeks for more information.

    Kentucky Historical Society: KY History Half Marathon
    Oct. 3
    The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history. This charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society in its mission to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.
    Race information

  • Thursday Night Genealogy, Live!


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

    • Thursday Night Genealogy, Live! is on hiatus until March.