KHS to be Open MLK Day for Special Activities

The Kentucky Historical Society, normally closed on Mondays, will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special hours on Jan. 15 and activities for all ages designed to celebrate King’s legacy, explore African American contributions to Kentucky history, encourage community service and promote peace. KHS also will launch a new photo exhibit chronicling several of the commonwealth’s African American communities.

MLK Day hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; normal KHS admission applies.

Here is the schedule:

10 am.: Craft: Share a Good Deed through a Painted Kentucky (while supplies last)
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Community Engagement Fair
11 a.m.: Hearn Elementary School Choir
Noon:  Bridgeport Elementary School Choir
1 p.m.: Franklin County High Soul Steppin’ Flyers
1-3 p.m.: Family Workshop: Standing Up and Speaking Out – Civil Rights Leaders
1:30 p.m.: Old State Capitol tour*
3 p.m.: Old State Capitol tour*
*Tours begin at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History; please check in at the front desk.

Ongoing throughout the day:

In Keeneland Gallery:

  • “Photographing Freetowns: African American Kentucky through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946.”

This adaptation of the Chicago Newberry Library’s exhibit of the same name features a collection of Morrison’s photographs documenting African American life in 1930s and 1940s Kentucky. Her work reveals the dignity, independence and strength of the close-knit descendants of the freedmen who settled these towns in the decades following the Civil War. The exhibit will run through Oct. 20.

In “A Kentucky Journey” Exhibit (children’s activities):

  • African American Seek and Find
  • African Americans in Kentucky Slide Show (center of gallery)
  • Investigation Station: Garrett Morgan, African American Inventor
  • Make-and-Take Civil Rights Buttons (center of gallery)
  • Story Time (Bottoms House)

In Commonwealth Hall (all ages):

  • Create a Community Engagement Art Mural
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