• 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



    • Jan. 31 – Sniffles and Sneezes
      Learn how our ancestors treated their cold and flu symptoms with mustard, vinegar, lemons, and more and make your own old-fashioned remedies.
    • Feb. 7 & 14 – Romancing Kentucky
      Be inspired by Victorian Valentine cards in the KHS collections and make your own Victorian greeting card.
    • Feb. 21 & 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.
  • 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.

    Tuesday, Feb. 17: Carol McCabe Booker on Alice Dunnigan

    The Food for Thought season kicks off early with a special Black History Month presentation. Reservations are required no later than Friday, Feb. 13.

    Alice Dunnigan, the daughter of Russellville, Kentucky, sharecroppers, broke through barriers of gender and race to work her way to the top of the White House Press Corps in an era when it was dominated by white men. Join us as author Carol McCabe Booker talks about her republication of Dunnigan’s 1974 self-published autobiography, “A Black Woman’s Experience: From School House to White House.”

    Booker condensed the book to appeal to a general audience and added scholarly annotations that provide historical context. “Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” will be out in February through University of Georgia Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

    Please note the special day (Tuesday). Subsequent programs will take place on these Wednesdays:

    March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15
    Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 9


  • 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

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1-4 p.m.: Representing Kentucky

    In the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capitol Ave., Frankfort
    This session focuses on Kentucky state government in the first 30 years of the 20th century. Photographs include portraits of legislators and staff who governed during that time and images which illustrate the construction of the Capitol (1904-1910). If you have information to share and cannot attend, go to (click on Featured Collection) and submit information for individual photos via the comments section at the bottom of the image.

  • 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

    Feb. 14: Early Migration Patterns into Kentucky with Nancy O’Malley

    10:30-11:30 a.m. Early Historic Settlement in Kentucky: The Emigration Experience
    O’Malley will discuss the two principal routes that settlers took into Kentucky, travel conditions, the typical composition of the traveling parties, residential options upon arrival and frontier living conditions.

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Women on the Frontier
    This session will include information about the specific responsibilities women shouldered, challenges and dangers they faced, their means of coping (or not) and their contributions to shaping frontier culture and, eventually, civil society.

    Nancy O’Malley, assistant director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, is a professional archaeologist specializing in the historic era. The 18th century settlement of Kentucky is one of her long-term research interests. As an archaeologist, O’Malley has focused much of her research on the physical sites settlers created and on their material culture. She contextualizes her research with in-depth consideration and analysis of archival sources and considers documentary evidence to be  as important to her research as artifacts and sites. Genealogy is a key source of information about family dynamics, fictive and kinship relationships and ethnic/socioeconomic/religious variation that is an important ingredient in reconstructing and understanding frontier society.


  • Special Events

    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.