FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2013) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Genealogical Society (KGS) will host a free family history workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Author Bill Best and KHS senior librarian Cheri Daniels will present a two-part workshop on family heritage gardening, followed by a garden party and plant exchange.


When visiting the homes, cemeteries, back roads and villages of ancestors, it is important to cast a watchful eye on the plants and flowers in the surroundings. Daniels will cover the fascinating stories and traditions associated with these living clues during the morning session, “Following the Flowers: Bringing Color to your Family History through the Plants and Flowers they Left Behind.”


In the afternoon session, “Heirloom Seeds: Appalachia's Gift To The World,” Best will explore the world of heirloom seeds and related family stories and experiences. This session will introduce you to the remarkable people who have used grafting practices and hand-by-hand trading to keep seed varieties alive that would have otherwise been lost. Best is the author of "Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia," and was also a professor, coach and administrator at Berea College for 40 years, was a founding member of the Lexington Farmers’ Market and served for several years as the director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center.


Following this workshop will be an Heirloom Garden Party in the Kentucky Historical Society’s Cralle-Day Garden. Visitors are invited to enjoy some light refreshments, stroll through the garden, visit heritage and heirloom gardening vendor booths, and join in a plant exchange. To participate in the plant exchange, please bring small samplings of plants, flowers or herbs in disposable or plastic pots.


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, June 7.


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 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. 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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