Kentucky Historical Society
Beyond the Log Cabin Online Exhibition Now Available
FRANKFORT, KY (February 12, 2009)— The Beyond the Log Cabin: Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln online exhibition is now available at http://history.ky.gov/kylincoln/. The online exhibition and the exhibition currently on display at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort both offer a new perspective on the sixteenth president during the bicentennial of his birth.
Taking a broad view of Kentuckians’ perceptions of Lincoln from his birth to the current bicentennial commemoration, the Beyond the Log Cabin online and traveling exhibitions explore the complex relationship between Lincoln and his native state, and feature unique artifacts gathered from repositories and collections across the nation. Adults and children will enjoy engaging imagery, artifacts, and interactive activities that present the untold story of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with Kentucky and Kentuckians.
Though similar in design to the traveling gallery exhibition, the Beyond the Log Cabin online exhibition offers much more to the visitor. Designed and developed by Elevation Creative Studios of Lexington, Ky., the online medium features an expanded number of images and interpretation, multiple interactive elements, a 360 degree viewing option which gives online visitors the ability to rotate and zoom in on select artifacts, a comprehensive search option, and several educational resources. Visitors to the site will be able to engage the materials through multiple perspectives technological applications. The online exhibition will allow Kentuckians and people across the globe to learn about the commonwealth’s most famous native son and his many Kentucky connections during the Lincoln bicentennial commemoration and beyond. The permanent Web site will be a lasting legacy of the Kentucky bicentennial commemoration.
“We hope that Kentuckians will take advantage of this opportunity to experience the Beyond the Log Cabin: Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln exhibition and to learn more about Lincoln’s Kentucky connections during this bicentennial commemoration of his birth,” said Kent Whitworth, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society. “The new Web site will make commemorating the Lincoln bicentennial possible for Kentuckians that cannot visit the traveling exhibition and enhance the experience of those that are able to view the gallery exhibition.”
Designed by Gallagher & Associates, the traveling exhibition will be on display at the Center for Kentucky History through June 6, 2009, and will then travel to The Speed Art Museum in Louisville for exhibition June 28, 2009 through September 6, 2009. It will open at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland on October 2, 2009 and remain on display there until February 19, 2010.
The traveling and online exhibitions were made possible by generous support from the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, and the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site at www.history.ky.gov.