FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2014) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is celebrating Boone Day and the 222nd birthday of Kentucky statewide this year.

KHS has celebrated June 7 as Boone Day for more than a century. It marks the day in 1769 that frontiersman Daniel Boone first saw the land that was to become Kentucky. The celebration also commemorates statehood day, June 1, 1792.

Besides special activities at KHS in Frankfort, this year KHS representatives will attend Rotary Club meetings in cities that have been strong partners in advocating for the power of history in addressing the challenges of tomorrow. The schedule currently includes:

·         Paintsville, June 3

·         Bowling Green, June 4

·         Henderson, June 5

·         Louisville, June 12 and

·         Paducah, June 18

At each stop, KHS will announce the launch of new historical marker tours on the ExploreKYHistory app and show one of the earliest copies of Kentucky’s constitution. Experts will be available to answer questions.

The June 7 Boone Day event at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort will include a special discussion on Kentucky’s future, featuring award-winning novelist, poet and farmer Wendell Berry and Dr. James Klotter, state historian. KET commentator Renee Shaw will moderate the program.

The Frankfort celebration also will include:

·         Separate performances by the Capital City Historical Dancers and Musicians and President Lincoln’s Own Band, a Civil War-period band.

·         Dedication of a historical marker describing Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s last raid, an unsuccessful attack on Frankfort

$10 (at door) provides access to all June 7 activities/exhibits/tours except lunch and panel discussion. $30 members; $40 non-members provides access to lunch and panel discussion (reservations and prepayment required), along with all other activities/exhibits/tours. For luncheon reservation, due by May 30, contact: Julia Curry, 502-564-1792, ext. 4414.

For more information, contact Laurel Harper, marketing communications director, 502-264-1792 ext. 4489, laurel.harper@ky.gov.



The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and 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 KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.



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