Kentucky Culture Symposium: The Big Picture - Saturday, August 14, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Lexington--SOLD OUT
What is Kentucky culture? Is it Western? Kentucky began as the New West, settled by the offspring of Eastern colonial states. Our later generations settled the newer West, named the Old West. Is it Southern? It is often said that Kentucky, largely under Union control during the Civil War, became part of the South after the War. This symposium will introduce us to ourselves and our many reincarnations. We will explore through artifacts and artisans how religion, politics, science and the arts shaped Kentucky culture. The 2021 symposium will give you an overview- the big picture! Learn more about the symposium. Event held at Thomas Hunt Morgan House, owned and operated by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, 210 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507. $90 per person (includes lunch).
Free Admission Day: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration – Saturday, August 21, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
During Frankfort’s Woman Suffrage Centennial Celebration, Liberty Hall will be open and free to the public. There will be a march through Frankfort to the State Capitol building beginning at 11 a.m. Join us at Liberty Hall after the march for an open house and light refreshments on the back porch. An outdoor exhibit featuring women associated with Liberty Hall will be on display in the garden. A suffrage display board—one of several in downtown Frankfort—will be in front of the house chronicling the American suffrage movement from 1750-1922. The Suffrage History Walk is sponsored by the Frankfort Suffrage Centennial Project.
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. In this Zoom talk, Gwynn Henderson from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey will explore the archaeological findings from its re-discovery in 2002. This talk is part of the Looks at Books series and is $10. Purchase tickets.
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.