The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates 10 years as Kentucky’s showcase for the arts with three days of celebration, and on Saturday, July 20, actor George McGee will portray historical figure Henry Clay, walking and talking with visitors at the center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..

McGee, of Georgetown, has been portraying Clay, the statesman, for 20 years. When McGee began looking at what a typical day was like for Clay, he realized that the man was a powerhouse of energy and ideas.

“Just Henry Clay’s personal correspondence alone is daunting,” McGee said.

Photo:  George McGee portrays Henry Clay


For more than 40 years, Henry Clay was a major player in the 19th century national political scene, and was renowned for his oratory and devotion to the Union. While Clay ran for the presidency three times, he was never elected.

McGee will appear in costume and “in character” and will walk and talk with visitors throughout the center – bringing to life this famous Kentucky historical figure.

McGee’s portrayal is made possible by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013 with three days of events and activities July 19-21, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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