The Chronicle

News as it happens from KHS

Miss Belle’s Mirror Finds Home at KHS

By Sara Elliott, curator One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a curator is getting to work with objects that have a real history behind them. Recently the Kentucky Historical Society acquired a mirror from a famous brothel in Lexington. Belle Brezing, the owner of the “most orderly of disorderly houses” and the purported model for Belle Watling in “Gon
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On the Campaign (Artifacts) Trail

By Jamie Snyder, MC&E Summer Collections Intern During my internship at KHS this summer, I spent a lot of time working with the Drexell R. Davis Collection. This is a great collection with more than 2,200 items of political memorabilia donated by Mr. Davis over a 20-year period. The majority of the collection consists of political buttons, but it also fe
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“Shooting” Guns: A Creative Photo Stand for KHS Firearms

By Beth Caffery Carter, MC&E Collections Management Assistant The Museum Collections & Exhibitions (MC&E) team relies on our dedicated volunteers to assist us with a variety of projects. One of our volunteers, Jim Johnson, has been with us for several years. He spends each Thursday photographing artifacts. This year Jim began working in an area i
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Life on the ‘Other Side’

By Logan Knight, Special Collections and Library Summer Intern My name is Logan Knight. I am a graduate of Indiana State University with a master’s in history in 2012, but I have bounced around in a variety of retail jobs since then. After breaking my leg last Labor Day weekend, I had a lot of time to do some thinking.  The most important thing I accomplishe
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