KY Home Life Seminar

An annual program, the Early Kentucky Home Life Seminar, is an informative seminar that focuses on different aspects of early Kentucky life.

Preservation Trailblazers, October 14, 2016

This year the seminar has been combined with a day-long celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Concurrent sessions exploring Kentucky's historic preservation legacy will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 pm at the Orlando Brown House (LHHS) and the Old State Capitol (OSC), both National Historic Landmarks. The main event, "Preservation Trailblazers," will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Grand Theatre and feature an interactive conversation among some of the leaders of Kentucky's historic preservation movement over five decades. 

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

LHHS: Kentucky Women in Historic House Preservation, Dr. Patrick Snadon, University of Cincinnati; Jonathan Coleman, Mary Todd Lincoln House; Becky Shipp and Julienne Foster, Liberty Hall Historic Site 

OSC: The Archaeological and Cultural Resource Legacy of Preserving Red River Gorge, Donna Hopkins, Former Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer; Dr. David Pollack, Kentucky Archaeological Survey; Dwight R. Cropper, Site Protection and Cultural Resource Management Consultant

10:30-11:45 a.m.

LHHS: Tourism and Economic Development through the Preservation of Rural Historic Resouces, Doug Martin, Blue Wing Landing; Paul Nicholson, Rocking Thunder Jet Board Rides; Garlan Vanhook, Architect

OSC: Section 106 of the NHPA: How One Paragraph Changed the Course of Kentucky's Future, Leslie Barras, Attorney and Consultant; Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council

12-1:30 p.m.-Keynote Lunch

LHHS: David L. Morgan, Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer 1994-2006

1:45- 3 p.m.

LHHS: Archaeology and Historic Sites, Kim McBride, Kentucky Archaeology Survey; Nick Laracuente, Kentucky Heritage Council; Patti Linn, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing; Vicky Middleswarth, Liberty Hall Historic Site

OSC: The Evolution and Revitalization of Kentucky's Main Streets, Tom Moriarity, A founder of KY Main St. and Natl. Trust Main St. Program; Kathy LaPlante, National Main Street Center; David Morgan, former director of Kentucky Heritage Council

3:15-4:30 p.m.

LHHS: Walking Tour: Senator John Brown's Neighborhood with Becky Shipp, Liberty Hall Historic Site

OSC: The National Register of Historic Places: Telling Kentucky's Stories, Chuck Parrish, first KHS staffer and retired historian; Dr. Daniel Vivian, University of Louisville

5:30 p.m.-Preservation Trailblazers, The Grand Theatre

Closing Celebration immediately following at 7:30, Orlando Brown Lawn.

To purchase tickets and to see our sponor list, click here. 


Previous Seminars and Speakers:

The Book & 19th Century Parlor Culture, September 25, 2015

Books in the Early 19th Century: Lessons from the Past for the Future, Charles Bartman, Independent Book Seller and Appraiser, Louisville, KY

Reading the Browns: The Senator John Brown Library and Archives Project, Julienne Foster, Kate Hesseldenz, Morgan Lockard, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort, KY

From the Printed Page to the Parlor, Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky College of Design, Lexington, KY

At Liberte with the Browns, a short play based on books and manuscripts from the collection

Textiles of Early Kentucky, June 20-21, 2014

June 20

Textiles in Early Kentucky: Breaking the Myths, S. Rabbit Goody, Thistle Hill Weavers, Cherry Valley, NY 

Fashioning the American Identity: 1770-1825, Julienne Foster, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort, KY

Rediscovering Pine Mountain Settlement School Coverlets, Becky Shipp, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort, KY and S. Rabbit Goody, Thistle Hill Weavers, Cherry Valley, NY

Laundry Room Tour with Vicky Middleswarth, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort, KY

June 21

Textile Roadshow-Verbal evaluation and appraisal with S. Rabbit Goody

Foodways of Early Kentucky, June 28, 2013

A Piccalilly: Foodways at Liberty Hall, Kate Hesseldenz, Jennifer Koach, and Becky Shipp, Liberty Hall Historic Site Staff, Frankfort, KY

Wine in Early Kentucky, Tom Beall, Owner of First Vineyard/J.J. Dufour Winery, Nicholasville, KY

Cooking by the Book: An Examination of the Evolution of the Cookbook Genre, Jonathan Jeffrey, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Furnishing the Early Kentucky Home, June 29, 2012

Making Our Mark: Paint (and wallpaper!) and its Role in Historic Interiors, Matthew J. Mosca, Historic Paint Finishes Consultant, Artifex, Ltd., Baltimore, MD

Short Stories of Early Kentucky Furniture, 1790s-1820s, J. Macklin Cox, Independent Researcher and Collector of Early Kentucky-made Furniture, Richmond, KY

Window Peeking: Looking Inside Old Kentucky Homes, Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY