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Celebrate Derby Day with the Kentucky Historical Society

Thursday, 04 25, 2013

Chelsea Compton
chelsea.compton@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4504

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 25, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will offer a variety of free family-friendly activities during the Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

 

At the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, families can make and decorate their own Derby hats, explore the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey,” learn about the Commonwealth’s past leaders in the “Toyota Kentucky Hall of Governors” and shop for souvenirs in the 1792 Stewart Home School Store.

 

The KHS HistoryMobile will be open on Broadway with its new exhibition, “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians and the Civil War Era.” It features eight Kentuckians, ranging from the famous to the everyday citizen. Through personal recollections, primary sources, authentic artifacts and touch-screen activities, students can learn critical thinking strategies and explore the difficult decisions Kentuckians faced during the Civil War. Each story highlights the importance of individual choice as a major factor in shaping Kentucky history.

 

The always-popular hobbyhorse races will be held on the lawn of the Old State Capitol, while the Kentucky Military History Museum, featuring “Kentucky’s Military Treasures,” will be open free of charge.

 

For more information about this and other upcoming events at KHS, visit www.history.ky.gov.

 

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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.