• 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

    • 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.

    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 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

    • Stanford Female College, April 25, 10 a.m. EDT (Lincoln County)
    • Florence Crittenton Home, May 9 (Fayette County)
    • Trace Branch United Methodist Church, May 30, 2 p.m. EDT (Knox County)


  • HistoryMobile on the Road*

    • April 9 | Highlands Museum, Ashland
    • April 11 | Clifford at KHS
    • April 24 | KJHS Conference, UK
    • May 2 | Princeton Main Street 1st Saturday Program
    • May 16-17 | Callaway County Public Library
    • June 6 | Boone Day at KHS
    • June 11-13 | Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
    • June 18 | Gallatin County Public Library
    • June 24 | Garrard County Public Library
    • June 20 | Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven
    • June 30 | Martin County Public Library
    • July 6 | Grant County Public Library
    • July 11 | Elizabethtown 2nd Saturday
    • July 14 | Allen County Public Library

    Schedule subject to change without notice.
    *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

    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. Why Y? Patrilineal DNA Research for Genetic Genealogy

    Learn about Y-DNA inheritance, types of Y tests, testing objectives, testing company offerings and using results.

    Session leader Debra Renard is a full-time genealogical research and lecturer and the founder of “Eureka! Genealogy.” She is working toward a genetic genealogist specialization. Renard has discovered that much of her heritage is from hearty pioneer lines and is looking toward First Family status in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is the editor of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s “Lines and By-Lines Quarterly,” the treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, a member of the John Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a co-founder and leader of the Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.

  • Special Events

    Camp ArtyFact
    April 6-10
    Camp ArtyFact is a half-day camp for children ages 6 to 13. Participants explore the KHS history campus and collections and then create their own works of art. Each Camp ArtyFact course is three hours long, and campers may sign up for the morning course, the afternoon course or both. More information

    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).

    Changing Faces of Louisville Architecture, 1790-1868 Bus Tour
    Tuesday, May 12
    8 a.m. Continental breakfast at the Kentucky Historical Society
    9 a.m. Departure. Expect to return to Frankfort by 7 p.m.
    Admission: $125 KHS members; $155 non-members. Reservations and payment are required by April 27. (No refunds after Monday, May 4)

    Secure your seat today. Call Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414 or email

    Our stops will include:
    Brennan House (1868), an Italianate style town house – the last of its kind on a once residential city street.
    Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing (1837). This home represents the transition from Federal style to Greek Revival. Once a working family farm and river landing, the park-like grounds offer a mesmerizing view of the Ohio River.
    Locust Grove (1790). This Georgian mansion, home of Lucy Clark Croghan, was a stopping point for Meriwether Lewis and Lucy’s brother George Rogers Clark on their westward expedition.

    Plan for a gourmet lunch buffet – featuring the legendary Hot Brown – at the Brown Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building boasts a striking Georgian-Revival façade and a stunning English Renaissance interior.

    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

    • April 2 | Introduction to Using Census Records
    • April 9 | Preserving Your Documents & Photos
    • April 16 | Getting Organized
    • April 23 | Genealogical Proof Standard
    • April 30 | Case Study Night