Kentucky Historical Society
Last Chance to See Immigration Exhibition at KHS
Frankfort, KY - There is still time to see the Our New Kentucky Home: Immigrant Experiences exhibition at the Kentucky Historical Society's Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The exhibition closes on Saturday, March 29. Since the exhibition's opening on April 21, 2007, it has already attracted more than 50,000 visitors.
Our New Kentucky Home: Immigrant Experiences tells stories of immigrants who come to Kentucky to create a better life for themselves and their families. The exhibition explores immigration throughout Kentucky's history, from the early wave of settlement in the 1770s to today's front pages. The exhibition is divided into four time periods: 1770s - 1810s, 1820s - 1850s, 1880s - 1920s, and 1970s - present. Through artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and hands-on activities, visitors explore the everyday life and culture of immigrants to Kentucky and America. Welsh, German, Scots, Italian, Chinese, Lithuanian, German, Mexican, Bosnian, and other families are featured in the exhibition.
"The exhibition considers the motivation of Kentucky's immigrant families throughout our history. Hope to own land, find a better job, give their children greater opportunity, receive a good education, and enjoy religious freedom are common and continuing themes in the immigrant experience," says Marilyn Zoidis, the Kentucky Historical Society's director of museum collections and exhibitions. "Our visitors are invited to tell their own family's story and share their opinions about immigration in present-day America."
"Whether immigrants are pulled to Kentucky by the American Dream or pushed out of their native home by turmoil or persecution, they have come-and continue to arrive-for reasons that are universal," says Kent Whitworth, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society. "These stories begin in other countries, but become Kentucky's stories that make connections to the past, provide perspective on the present, and are inspiration for the future."
The Kentucky Historical Society presents this exhibition in its Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History located at 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY. Hours of admission are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-18.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce 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 our Web site.