Illuminations

EXPERIENCE THE KENTUCKY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S NEWEST EXHIBIT: ILLUMINATIONS.

The Sun steals away and Night gathers momentum. As the days grow shorter and we move into the darkness, there is a natural instinct to turn toward the light. All over the world, cultures separated by time and distance build traditions around light throughout the season. We build fires, light candles, and decorate our homes with twinkling lights. We find solace in stained glass and play with our shadows upon the wall. This dance between darkness and light gives us hope in the return of life that each new year brings. 

This is the story of Illuminations, a new exhibit by the Kentucky Historical Society. Explore the beginning of light in Kentucky – how Kentuckians make it and its ability to illuminate both space and ideas. Learn how light technology changed over time through the lens of Kentucky’s past, complete with hands-on interactives and engaging programs. 

Explore the beginning of light in Kentucky – how Kentuckians make it and its ability to illuminate both space and ideas. Located in our Keeneland Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the exhibit runs from November 11, 2021, to March 20, 2022.

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For Illuminations-related programming, see our events page.
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