Looks at Books: Frankfort's Forgotten Cemetery - Thursday, September 16, 1:00 p.m.
From the early 1800s to about 1850, a cemetery in downtown Frankfort was the final resting place for the town’s working class, poor, immigrant, and enslaved residents. Buildings and parking lots in downtown Frankfort had hidden it for over a century. Construction for the Kentucky Department of Transportation Building re-discovered the cemetery in 2002. During this Zoom presentation, David Pollack, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, will discuss circumstances surrounding the project’s beginning; what investigators documented regarding interment practices and grave characteristics; what was discovered about the people from the bioarchaeological analyses; and what investigators learned about social and ethnic patterning within the cemetery.
This talk is part of the Looks at Books series and is $10. Purchase tickets. The Frankfort's Forgotten Cemetery booklet that this talk is based on is also for sale for $10 here.
Looks at Books: Kentucky's Bibliographic Ghosts - Thursday, October 21, 1:00 p.m.
In this Zoom talk, James D. Birchfield will discuss books that you cannot read--bibliographical ghosts! Birchfield will discuss books that no longer exist – or perhaps never existed. Books such as the The Grey Cowl or a first edition of poems by the Drunken Poet of Danville. This talk is part of the Looks at Books series and is $10. Purchase tickets.
Public Tours: Monday - Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Guided tours start at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St. at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and last about an hour. $9 adults/$7 seniors/$4 youth (6-18)/Free for children 5 and under. Masks are required unless prevented by a medical condition. Tickets must be pre-purchased. Purchase tickets by clicking here.
Slavery and the Liberty Hall Kitchen - Ongoing
This permanent exhibit illustrates how the enslaved people who worked in the kitchen combined hard labor and special skills to create meals for the Brown family. Staged to interpret preparation of a breakfast served to President James Monroe in 1819, the kitchen reflects the Browns’ upper-class lifestyle—and the enslaved women and men who made it possible. Images and interactive elements encourage visitors to explore the intersection of slavery and foodways in early 19th century Kentucky. Accessed through a guided tour.
Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection - Ongoing
Featuring some of the finest examples of Kentucky-made pieces from the Liberty Hall collection, this exhibit explores the social and cultural landscape of 19th-century Kentucky through the work of silversmiths, weavers, furniture makers, and painters. Some of the artists represented include: Asa Blanchard, Matthew Harris Jouett, Oliver Frazer and Paul Sawyier. Located on the 2nd floor of Liberty Hall; the exhibit is only viewed through a guided tour.