FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2013) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Genealogical Society (KGS) will host a free family history workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Topics include “Finding African Cemetery No. 2” and “The Colored Fair,” with speaker Yvonne Giles.


Before an era of political correctness, this Lexington cemetery for African-Americans, founded in 1869, had another name. In the morning session, Giles guides attendees on the research journey used to uncover its original name, ownership and rich history that this cemetery holds.


The afternoon session covers “The Colored Fair.” Founded in 1869, organizers had this fair chartered by the state Legislature in 1870. It became one of the most successful and well-attended annual events in both “colored" and "white” circles. Its history was chronicled in local news and publications and its official records are part of county and state archives. However, the official name of the fair was not the same one adopted by the local community. Find out how the records and remarkable stories of this regionally significant fair were uncovered.


Giles is on the board of African Cemetery No. 2 and has been instrumental in bringing attention to, restoring and preserving African-American heritage sites. Her research into African Cemetery No. 2 resulted in the self-published “Stilled Voices Yet Speak” in 2009.


To make a reservation for this free workshop, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or KHSrefdesk@ky.gov. The registration deadline is noon Friday, Feb. 8.


Presented by KHS and KGS on the second Saturday of each month, each family history workshop takes place at the Center for Kentucky History. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. If requested at the time of registration, an optional light lunch is available for $6, payable at the door.


For more about this and other KHS programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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