• 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


    • Oct. 25
      Creepy Kentucky
      From old-fashioned fortunetelling games to Kentucky ghost stories discover the Halloween traditions of the Commonwealth and enjoy Halloween festivities.
    • 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



    • 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: 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

    • Oct. 24
      William Mentor Graham
      1 p.m. CDT, 300 Academy St., Greensburg. William Mentor Graham was an early 19th century educator and longtime friend of Abraham Lincoln.
    • Oct. 26
      Christ Lutheran Church
      12:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 9212 Taylorsville Road, Louisville. The local Lutheran community started with German-speaking churches in the late 18th century.
  • 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

    • Oct. 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
      Frankfort Faces and Places: The John J. King Collection
      These photographs were taken between 1900 and 1942. Subjects are King’s friends and family – and possibly artist Paul Sawyier – and include downtown streets, parades, the Kentucky River, sports (swimming, boating, football, horseback riding, archery, baseball, tennis), the Singing Bridge, the Old State Capitol, the New Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, distilleries, schools, river locks, post office, transportation, YMCA, construction projects, small businesses and the Kentucky State Arsenal.
      Images are online. To view any part of the collection, visit and search for “Graphic 12.” People who cannot attend the event can submit image-specific information using the comments section at the bottom of each online image.
    • 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 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 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

  • 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

    • 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