KHS celebrates Statehood Day with opening of exhibit which spotlights famous and not-so-famous Kentuckians

06/01/2017 05:41 PM

FRANKFORT – In recognition of Kentucky’s 225th birthday, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) opened a new temporary exhibit on Thursday spotlighting 35 Kentuckians.

“People of Kentucky” uses stories, objects and photographs to throw the spotlight on some well-known and not-so-well-known Kentuckians.

KHS Senior Curator Julie Kemper says that collectively, their stories contribute to that of Kentucky.

“We went looking for great stories, not necessarily the most famous person you ever knew from Kentucky but people who made a difference in some way,” Kemper said. “There’s some names that you’ll recognize in our exhibit, but there are some that no one has ever heard of.”

The persons chosen to be featured in the exhibit were carefully selected, based on several factors.

“Our idea was to get people geographically diverse, we’ve got people from the 1700’s as well as people who are still alive today,” Kemper said. “We also wanted to get diversity in the type of person we talked about.”

To commemorate the 225th birthday of Kentucky, KHS is offering free admission this Friday and Saturday to all attractions at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History which includes exhibits, research library and the 1792 store, as well as tours at the Old State Capitol and entrance to the Kentucky Military Museum.

In addition, beginning Thursday and continuing until the end of the year, there will be 225 special events across the state related to the 225th Anniversary.

Click here to find a complete schedule of events.


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