Try your hand at capturing the vibrant colors of Kentucky’s trees and wildlife in autumn while learning about famous Kentucky watercolorists of the past.For kids 5-10 and their families.Free.Children must be accompanied by an adult.Groups of 10 or more must register in advance.Contact Flint Collins, ext. 4461.
“The Tarnished Warrior—The Deliberate Scoundrel: General James Wilkinson, Founder of Frankfort, Kentucky”
Explore with Frankfort’s Historic Sites Assistant Curator, Russ Hatter, as he explores the many intrigues of James Wilkinson—from the Spanish Conspiracy to trying to “steal” the Louisiana Purchase!For adults.Free.Contact Joanie DiMartino, ext. 4467.
Poet and novelist James Baker Hall will lead a discussion of Allen Eckert’s book The Frontiersmen (1967), a gripping narrative of frontier heroes Simon Kenton and the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, amidst the struggles for westward expansion.$55 KHS members and $60 nonmembers for the five-part series.Preregistration required.For adults.Contact Joanie DiMartino, ext. 4467.
Reel Kentucky Film Festival, Friday - Sunday, October 29-31, times vary, “Scared Kentucky Straight: Kentuckians and the Horror Movie”
Explore with film scholar Joyce Miller the contributions made by Kentuckians to the horror-movie genre throughout the twentieth century and the cultural impact these films created.Movies include: Halloween (1978) Friday, ; Dracula (1931) Saturday, ; Interview with the Vampire (1994) Saturday, ; and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Sunday, Discussion to follow film; popcorn provided!Ages 17 and up.$10 KHS members, $12 nonmembers to attend all four films; $3 KHS members, $4 nonmembers to attend single showing.For a brochure and registration form, contact Joanie DiMartino, ext. 4467.
All events take place at the
KentuckyHistoryCenter, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort,
unless otherwise noted.
Indiana History Train
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 8-10, Louisville, Kentucky
Get on board the Indiana History Train!The train has three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars and features a traveling exhibition The Faces of Lincoln, a new documentary video about Lincoln’s life. “Depots” offers hands-on activities and distinctive shopping. Presented by KHS and the Indiana Historical Society. Admission is free.Call 1.800.447.1830 for further information.
In a time span from 1825 to 1909, murder and mayhem occurred in a two-block area of downtown Frankfort!Join Russ Hatter, Assistant Curator of Historic Sites, as he explores this side of downtown Frankfort that is not often spoken of.Reservations are a must!All tickets must be purchased in advance. RSVP by October 15. $18 for KHS members, $23 for nonmembers.For reservations, please contact Julia Curry, ext. 4414.
“If you would know the soul of Kentucky, visit its rivers” (C.M. Dupier, Jr.). From Indian villages on river banks in Western Kentucky to bustling riverfronts in cities from Augusta to Louisville to Paducah, rivers permeate the history of Kentucky. In this exhibition you will come face-to-face with riverboat captains, fur trappers, factory workers, and folk from Fulton to Louisa who live on the shores of the many waterways that dot the commonwealth.On exhibit through December 31, 2005.
Explore the early roots of the Kentucky National Guard and its involvement in the "war to end all wars," the First World War. Learn how the Guard evolved into the organization we know today. The exhibition features innovations in weapons technology, the life of the common soldier, and a re-created trench environment.
Into the Wild Blue Yonder:Kentucky Air National Guard
Commemorating over fifty years of service, Into the Wild Blue Yonder chronicles the history of the Kentucky Air National Guard.Formed in 1946, air guardsmen and women are citizen soldiers, civilians who left their jobs, families, and homes behind in times of crisis to serve their country.This is their story. Come relive the exciting history of the Kentucky Air National Guard through artifacts, oral histories, and photographs from the early days of the P-51 Mustang to the C-130H Hercules of today.On exhibit through September 11, 2005.
Watch for media advisory to follow closer to each dedication.
George Short House and George W. Short
Friday, October 8, , 151 Main Street, Greenville, Kentucky (MuhlenbergCounty)
First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 10, , 158 S. Main Street, Greenville, Kentucky (MuhlenbergCounty)
Thursday, October 21, , 201 State Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky (WarrenCounty)
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, KentuckyMilitaryHistoryMuseum and its five-year-old headquarters, the KentuckyHistoryCenter. Since 1999, the thirty-million- dollar HistoryCenter has welcomed almost one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web at http://history.ky.gov or call (502) 564-1792.