Frazier History Museum

Support Stories in Mind: Active Engagement through Storytelling
May
22
Jun 30

Support Stories in Mind: Active Engagement through Storytelling

We need your help to raise the funds necessary to develop a new program at The Frazier called Stories in Mind: Active Engagement Through Storytelling. The program has received ArtsMatch funding, with matching funds made possible by LG&E/KU in partnership with the Fund for the Arts.

When we no longer have the past, we have the present moment. Stories in Mind uses the process of crafting stories to engage adults, primarily seniors, with significant memory loss and allow them to express themselves without fear of being wrong, without restrictions on what can and cannot be said, and without the expectation of recalling memories. The process of creation is one that reflects who we are in the present moment. By creating stories together – even entirely new and fabricated ones – we will build a program to assist people struggling with dementia and their families to refocus on special moments and enjoying their time together.

The Frazier History Museum’s uniquely qualified teaching artists will work with four (4) different nursing care centers in the Metro Louisville region to pilot 12 creative personal interactions with family and caretakers of individuals living with dementia. At the Frazier, our mission is “to ignite the human spirit with thoughtfully-crafted stories to spark curiosity about who we are and our connection to the future.” We are honored to have the opportunity to help spark as many special moments as possible for individuals with memory loss and their loved ones.

Farm to Frazier: Culinary Roots Featuring Michael Twitty
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Farm to Frazier: Culinary Roots Featuring Michael Twitty

Doors at open at 6:00pm
Program portion of the Evening runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rooftop Dinner Portion of the Evening runs from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Join Michael Twitty, chef, culinary historian, and award-winning author and blogger on his mission to reconstruct, revive, and revere the traditional African American foodways of the Antebellum South.  Following the program, an optional Antebellum Chef-inspired dinner and up close experience with Twitty, a  TED Fellow and Smith Fellow at the Southern Foodways Alliance Fellow, will take place in the Frazier’s rooftop garden.

Program : $12 general admission/FREE to Frazier Members. Purchase tickets HERE
Rooftop : $100(includes program portion) Purchase tickets HERE

Old Forester Speakeasy
Jun
6
6:30 pm18:30

Old Forester Speakeasy

Listen up all you Daddys and Dames, it’s time to get dolled up and get a wiggle on at the Old Forester Speakeasy at the Frazier History Museum! What better way to get your  Bourbon Affair™  underway than by celebrating Kentucky bourbon’s impact on the world in the Frazier’s Old Forester Speakeasy!

 Our native spirit has a rich history and tremendous persistence on Louisville’s Main Street thriving before & after, and surviving through our country’s noble experiment. We invite you to come celebrate with the only bourbon enjoyed before, during and after prohibition still made by the same company. So grab your squeeze and make a clean sneak to the Old Forester Speakeasy where guests will enjoy Whiskey Row Series tastings, great grub and live music that will have you hoofing all night longTickets are $25  for General Admission,  and $20 for Frazier Members

Erin go Bragh, Y’all: The History of the Irish in Louisville
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

Erin go Bragh, Y’all: The History of the Irish in Louisville

The Frazier History Museum and Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) are teaming up once again to bring you a fascinating look at how Louisville’s 19th century Irish community compared to those in other Southern cities. Along with how and why Irish men and women came to the U.S., plus how they survived and eventually thrived, there will be a Louisville-centric look at the 1855 anti-immigrant “Know Nothing” riots and military participation in the Civil War, the overlooked Louisville roots of the Irish revolutionary invasion of Canada in 1866 and more.

Dr. David Gleeson and Dr. Patrick Lewis will lead the discussion. Gleeson is author of two popular books on Irish immigration to the South and professor of American history and associate pro vice chancellor for Research and Innovation at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Lewis is project director of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition at the Kentucky Historical Society and a member of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau.

Tickets: $10 general admission/FREE to members of the Frazier Museum and Kentucky Historical Society.  Price includes light refreshments and cash bar.

Seating is extremely limited, members must RSVP.

To purchase tickets or make reservations, click here

Second Saturday: Explorers and Trailblazers and Kindergarten Countdown
Jun
10
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: Explorers and Trailblazers and Kindergarten Countdown

Amazing, awe-inspiring stories come to light when you explore your city, your state and the world around you. Come blaze your own trail as you laugh and learn through special objects, games, crafts and our great live performances. Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea . . . of sailors who conquered the seas . . . and astronauts who made it to the moon.

Make sure to join our friends from the Louisville Free Public Library to help you select a book with more stories of adventure and daring-do. You can even check out a book with your library card!

As a Ready for K Alliance partner, the Frazier History Museum is excited to host a Kindergarten Countdown event to coincide with this month’s SECOND SATURDAY. Ready for K Alliance is a partnership between Metro United Way, Louisville Metro, LFPL, JCPS, and PNC Bank, with support from cultural and educational institutions throughout the county, with a goal of supporting children's transitions into kindergarten. For more information about the program, including other community events, visit http://www.lfpl.org/kindergarten.html .


Masters Series
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Masters Series

This exclusive bourbon, cocktail and craft beer event is a chance for visitors to immerse themselves into the pride of the Commonwealth with Masters of Kentucky’s booming beverage industry. In our inaugural Masters Series event, guests will get a chance to taste products from Four Roses Bourbon, Peerless Distilling, and Falls City Brewing, while learning about the passion that goes into crafting great bourbon and brewing outstanding beer. Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliot, Peerless Chairman Corky Taylor and Falls City Head Brewer Dylan Greenwood will lead tastings, share stories and answer questions taking guests behind the curtain for an experience they won’t soon forget. Come have a taste!  

General Admission: $28, Frazier Members: $22

Buy tickets HERE

Metro Micro Investing with Metro Startup Launcher
May
16
5:30 pm17:30

Metro Micro Investing with Metro Startup Launcher

An ancient Chinese proverb says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Learn how Metro Startup Launcher is making it easy for regular people to make micro investments in startup companies throughout the Louisville Metro area. Monthly meeting occur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm.

 

For registration and further information click HERE

Second Saturday: Mother's Day
May
13
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: Mother's Day

If not for mothers, there would be no history at all! We'll have fun celebrating some of the most influential moms in history through games, crafts, and special objects from our collection. Match the mother to the famous person. Examine gifts soldiers sent back to their mothers on the home front. Share a planting with your mother, courtesy of our friends from The Food Literacy Project, and learn from their educators about local food sources and caring for Mother Earth.

The Food Literacy project will be rolling up to the Frazier with their Truck Farm,  a mobile, edible, educational garden that reaches thousands of children and their families in our community. Truck Farm is a unique community resource that enables the Food Literacy Project to “bring the farm” into schools, especially those that don’t have their own gardens, to more community events such as farmers markets, community fairs and festivals, and to collaborate with other community organizations.

And don't forget about your mother's/father's mother! This month we'll also offer our quarterly Grandparents Lounge with refreshments for the duration of today's event, 11:00 - 3:00.

Second Saturday: Explore Local Music History
Apr
8
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: Explore Local Music History

Louisville has a rich history of all the arts, but we'll take a look, and a listen, to music in particular. Live musicians, opportunities to make your own music, and stories of the past will all be a part of the fun! We'll be joined by our friends from the Louisville Folk School who will be providing a Kentucky instrument "petting zoo" along with performances at 12, 1, and 2. There will also be a station to make your own cereal-box guitar to spark the musician in you!

HIP HISTORY: Kentucky Green
Mar
30
5:30 pm17:30

HIP HISTORY: Kentucky Green

Hip History is back and better than ever in 2017! Step into a Kentucky Fried evening of fun with live music, arts, crafts and culture, featuring sights, sounds, and flavors from the Bluegrass State for the whole family to enjoy!

2016 Rockygrass Band Contest winners  The Wooks will keep toes tappin' throughout the night with their special blend of Kentucky Rhythm & Bluegrass. Test the sharpness of your KY IQ, during Kentucky Bingo, and maybe win big, with  prizes courtesy of Hilliard Lyons, KFC/Yum, Goodwood Brewing Co., Louisville Water,  and Cellar Door Chocolates. 

In keeping with the Green theme, activities during this edition of Hip History will highlight creative ways to engage with, and learn about local agriculture, farming, and environmentally responsible business practices.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click HERE

We are pleased to partner with Neighborhood House, breaking the cycle of poverty for children and families in the Portland community of Louisville, KY. Bring a can of vegetables (at least 14 oz) as a donation to the Neighborhood House food bank, and receive $5 off your admission - good for adults, members, and children ages 5-17.

Second Saturday: Medieval History
Mar
11
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: Medieval History

Knights and Vikings! Catapults and crazy cures! Join us for a family day full of medieval fun at the Frazier!

Drop-in activities run from 11:00am-3:00pm and include opportunities to explore our armor touch (and wear!) station, a mini-catapult range, a hilarious craft-your-own Viking Beard station and much more!  Check the daily schedule for live performances, which will include our popular “Arming the Knight” Performance.

Bourbon Classic Bottled in Bond Presented by Old Forester
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Bourbon Classic Bottled in Bond Presented by Old Forester

Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act at the Frazier History Museum: 829 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Purchase Tickets HERE

Join Jackie Zykan, Old Forester's Master Bourbon Specialist,  for a walk through bourbon history, focusing on a unique moment in time, the passing of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act. Zykan will use samples of Old Forester's Whiskey Row Series to illustrate the long heritage of bourbon. 

  • Old Forester 1870 "Original Batch"
  • Old Forester 1897 "Bottle-in-Bond"
  • Old Forester 1920 "Prohibition Style"
  • Old Forester Signature 100 Proof

A reception prior with lite bites will take place from 7-8 p.m. in the Frazier Speak Easy, followed by the presentation in theater area on the first floor.

Tiger Tales Day
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Tiger Tales Day

An Opportunity for Tiger Cub Scouts to meet all seven requirements for the Tiger Tales Adventure Loop/Badge.

Station activities begin at 10:00 am; 1st required class begins at 11:00 am(sold out) 2nd required class begins at 12:00pm  (we recommend you arrive by 11:30 for non-class activities, though)

Join us for a fun day of learning and earning!  Tiger Scouts (with chaperone) in attendance will have access to an assigned class session (with chaperone) and complete other on-site station activities to fulfill all of the  requirements for the “Tiger Tales” Adventure Loop/Badge!

Scouts in attendance can expect to participate in music, art and even see a live tall tale performance as they work towards their adventure loop. 

Scout groups or individual families are invited to attend.

Registration for Tiger Tales is now closed, All sessions are Full. 

The first class session will be at 11:00am.

The second session will be at 12:00, Please arrive a half an hour earlier to attend the Pecos Bill story telling performance as only 1 performance will be given. Thanks!

 Please feel free to call Mick Sullivan at (502) 753-5660 with questions or for any clarifications.

Second Saturday: The Stories of Louisville - 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs
Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: The Stories of Louisville - 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs

If "A picture is worth a thousand words,"  then you are in for a whole lot of stories!  The Frazier’s newest exhibition, 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs, will be the centerpiece for this day full of terrific tales of our own hometown. Photographers Pat McDonogh and Bill Luster will be present in the gallery from 11:00am - 1:00pm, to discuss and answer questions about the images in the exhibition. 

While you're here for Second Saturday, join us in our community art project to create a large colorful map of Louisville and help us by creating 3D markers for the people and places YOU think are important.

Kids can make a toy guitar in honor of Sylvester Weaver, an African American Louisville musician who made history.

Explore our galleries with a special African American History Guide Visit our hands on touch stations and see the day's live performances.

 

Music of the Bluegrass: John Jacob Niles and the Art of the Dulcimer
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Music of the Bluegrass: John Jacob Niles and the Art of the Dulcimer

6:00 doors open / 6:30-7:30 program

Ron Pen, Professor at University of Kentucky and Director of the John Jacob Niles Center at UK, is an expert in early folk music, including traditional, country, and bluegrass styles. He will lead a discussion on the dulcimer, favored instrument of American songwriter and balladeer John Jacob Niles. Niles’ collection of dulcimers from luthiers of the southern Appalachian Mountains reflects a uniquely American aesthetic

Cash bar.

Tickets are $10.00 General Admission / Free for Members

Seating is extremely limited, members must RSVP   

To purchase tickets, click HERE

African American History Month Saturday Performance Series :The Bootleg King
Feb
4
2:00 pm14:00

African American History Month Saturday Performance Series :The Bootleg King

THE BOOTLEG KING: This interpretation chronicles the rise and fall of George Remus, “King of The Bootleggers,” who built a multi-million dollar operation from bootlegging and speakeasies during the early years of Prohibition. Told from the point of view of an African American bartender, this performance also addresses the segregation between those who served and those who imbibed.

The Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series Presents: 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs: The Conversation
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series Presents: 100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs: The Conversation

7:00 doors open / 7:30-8:30 program

Join four outstanding C-J Photographers and Emmy Award winning Broadcaster Andy Treinen, as they explore 100 of the greatest images ever captured by the Louisville Courier-Journal. In its 150 year history C-J photographers have recorded the beautiful, the tragic, the celebratory and the controversial moments of life in our region. These snap-shots will take visitors through time-and-place and display in crystal clarity that a picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words. 

Guests at the Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series will learn how these 100 photographs were selected among the hundreds-of-thousands that have made it to print in the Courier-Journal. The near-century of curated photography will also sadden, confuse, amuse and inspire. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from the best in the business about their craft, culture and the culmination of a snapshot resulting in the perfect image.

Tickets are no longer available for this  SOLD OUT event. 

Second Saturday: The History of Every Day Objects
Jan
14
11:00 am11:00

Second Saturday: The History of Every Day Objects

Toilet Paper, Elevators, Exit Signs. Everything’s got a story! 

Our friends from The Thomas Edison House will join us for a fun day, and we’ll have a lot of great activities for learning about the history of objects you might have never considered. 

11am - 1pm Yolanda "Yo Yo" Baker, also known as the Go Go Grandma,  maker of sparkling disco balls here at Louisville's Omega National products, for almost 50 years will give a presentation on her craft. We will be giving away a Disco Ball to one of our lucky visitors!

We will be debuting our new initiative, the Quarterly Grandparent's Lounge.  Grandparents and those in their care will be invited to relax, take light refreshments, and engage in some quiet event-themed activities.

Second Saturday Activities include:

  • Hands-on Thomas Edison station with The Thomas Edison House
  • An Everyday Object Scavenger Hunt
  • Timeline Challenges (can you put the objects in order by invention date?)
  • A White Glove table with strange an unusual objects from the past.  Can you guess what they were used for?
  • Crafts, live performances and more!

In addition, our January Second Saturday program is offered as a Kindergarten Countdown event. Children entering kindergarten in the fall and one adult are invited to join us FREE of charge to enjoy a fun and engaging day that will also address school readiness skills. For the full calendar of community events click  HERE

Cabaret Night at White Christmas the Exhibition
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

Cabaret Night at White Christmas the Exhibition

Cabaret Night at White Christmas the Exhibition - The Magic of Movie Musicals Fundraiser. Come join us for an evening of fun, food, and entertainment. Your ticket will allow you a private viewing of White Christmas the Exhibition featuring costumes, props, and other artifacts from the Irving Berlin movie musical White Christmas. Also included is The Magic of Movie Musicals Cabaret staring YPAS Theatre and Musical Theatre students and a silent auction with movie and musical memorabilia, theatre tickets, and restaurant gift certificates. This event is a fundraiser to help benefit the theatre and musical theatre students of YPAS, who will be performing at the elite Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Tickets are $25

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE