Kentucky Historical Society
January Events at the Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has a wide-array of events planned for January, many of which are free. Come celebrate your Kentucky heritage at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort.
• Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., History Zone: “Fun and Games with the Lincoln Boys”
Imagine the childhoods of Abraham Lincoln and his sons as you “go fishing” and learn to play corner ball, marbles, hoop and stick, and other early nineteenth-century games. For children ages 5 to 10 and their families. Free. Contact Erica Harvey, 502-564-1792, ext. 4461.
• Saturdays, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Museum Theatre: Diary of the Depression: A Day with Mary Ruth Dawson
Catch up on changing rural life as a chatty farm woman shares stories of Depression-era life. Free with museum admission. Contact Greg Hardison, 502-564-1792, ext. 4454.
• Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Museum Theatre: Tobacco’s Tale: From Bed to Basket
Listen to the changing rhythms of tobacco farming in Kentucky to the cadence of the auctioneer’s call. Free with museum admission. Contact Greg Hardison, 502-564-1792, ext. 4454.
• Thursdays, 2-4 p.m., Hands-on History Cart: “Governors of Kentucky”
Stop by the Hall of Governors to examine objects and documents that illustrate the lives and achievements of Kentucky governors. Free. Contact Linda Grabon, 502-564-1792, ext. 4422.
• Wednesday, January 7, noon, Brown Bag History: “Reading Lincoln: Historians and Their Books”
Join KHS historian Darrell Meadows and learn how to adopt a scholar’s perspective in choosing from the 140,000 books written on Lincoln since his assassination. Free. Contact Erica Harvey, 502-564-1792, ext. 4461.
• Saturday, January 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m., Family-History Workshop: “Dr. William Sutton and Kentucky’s First Vital Statistics Law” and “Kentucky’s Fighting Men in the Civil War”
In the morning, Lisa Thompson of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will describe the history behind Kentucky's early attempts to record vital-statistics information. In the afternoon, Kentucky Ancestors editor Don Rightmyer will provide a detailed discussion about Kentucky men and their experiences while serving in the Civil War. Free. Contact the Reference Desk, 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.
• Saturday, January 10, 2 p.m., Bonus Presentation by KTIG
Each free monthly meeting features a program designed to help support family-history researchers’ use and understanding of technology as it applies to genealogy. Contact the Reference Desk, 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.
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.