Frazier History Museum

Historical Interpretations

Agincourt Archer: 1415 - (15 minutes)
An archer in the army of Henry V of England gives his perspective of the campaign that led to the battle of Agincourt in France during the Hundred Years War. 

Anne Bonny– (20 minutes)
The story of one of the most infamous female pirates to sail the Caribbean during the “Golden Age of Piracy” in the 18th century.

Annie Oakley– (15 minutes)
In her own words, the life and times of the world’s most famous female sharpshooter.

Arming the Knight: 1460-1480– (20 minutes)
Our medieval knight is armed in 15th century-style plate armor.

Arming the Samurai – (15 minutes)
An Historic Interpreter demonstrates how a samurai of the Edo period (1603-1868) would have armed himself.

A Seamstress of the Gilded Age (15 minutes)

Exploring “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of the Gilded Age, an Irish immigrant seamstress working in a Louisville dress shop sheds some light on working conditions and fashion at the turn of the twentieth century.

Berengaria – (15 minutes)
The only queen of England never to set foot there describes her marriage to Richard I, “the Lionheart,” and her honeymoon during the 3rd Crusade.

Big Nose Kate – (15 minutes)
The story of Kate Elder, mistress of the infamous Doc Holliday, and one of the few who witnessed the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.*****

Brother Against Brother– (45 minutes)
A 45-minute interactive program in which one of our Historic Interpreters portrays two Kentucky brothers on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Catherine the Great– (20 minutes)
The life, loves, and rise to power of one of Russia’s greatest monarchs, who led her country into the “Age of Enlightenment.”

Civil Defense Warden - (5 minutes)
An in-gallery presentation about what life was like in Louisville during WWII. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)

Clara Barton– (15 minutes)
A battlefield nurse, she was referred to as “The Angel of the Battlefield” during the American Civil War and went on to establish the American Red Cross.*****

Cornelia Fort - (15 minutes)
One of the founding members of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squardron (WAFS), civilian flight instructor Cornelia Fort gives her airborne perspective of the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she nearly collided with a Japanese aircraft heading for Hawaii. In her own words, Ms. Fort also describes the trials and tribulations of being a female aviator in the WWII era.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw– (15 minutes)
This story is taken from the letters of the young man who led the first combat regiment of African-American soldiers, the 54th Massachusetts, during the American Civil War.

CSS Alabama vs. USS Kearsarge– (15 minutes)
During the American Civil War, these two ships battled each other off the coast of Cherbourg, France. An amazing story of Captain Raphael Semmes, who commanded the confederate raider Alabama.

Cynthia Ann Parker– (15 minutes)
The story of a woman stolen from her family by Indians at the age of nine and adopted into the Comanche tribe.

Day in the Life: The Cowboy– (20 minutes)
A cowboy describes life in the 19th century American West. An interactive presentation geared toward children up to age twelve.

Day in the Life: The Frontier Woman– (30 minutes)
A woman describes life on the “western” frontier in Kentucky during the 1780’s. An interactive presentation geared toward children up to age twelve.

Day in the Life: Homefront - (15 minutes)
A Civil Defense Warden relates what life was like in Louisville during WWII. An interactive presentation for kids 10 and up.

Day in the Life: The Medieval Archer– (20 minutes)
A medieval archer describes life in the 15th century. An interactive presentation geared toward children 12 and younger.

Dolley Madison– (20 minutes)
One of the most dynamic First Ladies in American history recounts the attack on Washington by British troops during the War of 1812.

Doris Miller - (5 minutes)
While serving as a Mess Attendant aboard the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor in 1941, Doris Miller abruptly discovered that life in the Navy was more than just when the battleship was attacked by Japanese planes and submarines on December 7th. Based on several official accounts from junior officers, as well as newspaper articles written about Miller, this in-gallery interpretation imagines what Miller experienced on that fateful day. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)

Free Frank– (20 minutes)
Former slave Frank McWhorter talks about coming to Kentucky in the 1790s, his establishment of a saltpetre business, and his efforts to free himself and his family from slavery.

George Rogers Clark – (15 minutes)
The man responsible for clearing the “west” of the British during the Revolutionary War tells of the pivotal fall of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana.

Holiday Stories from Around the World – (10 minutes)
A collection of fun and unusual holiday traditions and stories from different world cultures. Learn about the Yule Lads from Iceland, the Krampus from Germany, and La Befana from Italy. (Seasonal)

Holt Collier– (15 minutes)
The story of an ex-slave whose life as a hunter and guide in the Mississippi Delta eventually found him leading President Theodore Roosevelt on what became known as the “Teddy Bear Hunt” in 1902.

James Forten (15 minutes)

Free-born Philadelphian James Forten tells of his capture and imprisonment aboard the British prison ship Jersey off the coast of New York during the American Revolution.

Joan of Arc– (20 minutes)
The story of “The Maid” in her own words, taken from various accounts of her trial in 1431.

John Floyd, Kentucky Surveyor– (15 minutes)
The year 1781 was a turbulent and dangerous time for settlers in Kentucky.  Colonel Floyd tells of the difficulties and dangers that existed in what is now Jefferson County.

Josephine Bonaparte – (20 minutes)
Two weeks before Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor of France, his wife Josephine tells of her experiences with her first husband, the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and courtship and marriage with the young general from Corsica.*****

Juliette Gordon Low– (20 minutes)
The story of the Savannah woman who founded the Girl Scouts of America.

Kathryn Kelly - (20 mintutes)

Wife to Public Enemy No. 1, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Kathryn Kelly tells the story of how she and her notorious husband almost pulled off the kidnapping and ransom of Oklahoma oil tycoon,Charles Urschel under the regime of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1933. *****

Little Bighorn: 1876– (10 minutes)
Sergeant Windolph’s account of the battle of “Greasy Grass,” which came to be known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”

Long Meg of Westminster – (15 minutes)
The exciting exploits of the 16th century English folk heroine.

Maggie Bailey - (15 minutes)
Known as "Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers," Maggie Bailey from Harlan County, KY, tells the story of how she became one of the South's most prolific bootleggers during the Prohibition Era.
 

Mary Miller– (15 minutes)
The story of the Louisville woman who became the first licensed female steamboat master in the United States.

Mary Warren: An Afflicted Girl (20 minutes)
From her prison cell, Mary Warren, one of the girls whose accusations led to the Salem Witch Trials, expresses her regret and fear over her role in one of the most terrifying and tragic periods in American colonial history.*****

Medieval Sword and Buckler– (15 minutes)
Our Interpreters demonstrate techniques with one-handed sword and buckler, using the 13th century German fight manual known as the I.33.

Molly Pitcher– (15 minutes)
The heroine of the Battle of Monmouth during the American Revolution wasn’t as lady-like as you might think.

Olaudah Equiano– (20 minutes)
The first ex-slave to publish his memoirs describes his trials and travails as a ten-year-old boy sold into slavery in the mid-18th century.

Oregon Trail: 1848 – (15 minutes)
A pioneer woman heading west tells the story of what it was like to cross America in a covered wagon.

Prohibition Distilled - (20 minutes)

A "spirited" presentation detailing the history and highlighting the pros and cons of Prohibition, the "noble experiment," which lasted from 1920 to 1933.

Repairing the West Virginia - (5 minutes)
A US Navy sailor describes the effort to repair the USS West Virginia after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)

Rifleman Harris: 95th Rifles– (15 minutes)
In his own words, this is the story of a soldier in an elite unit of the British Army during the Peninsula Wars against the French Army of Napoleon I.

Roseanna McCoy– (20 minutes)
The “Juliet of the Mountains” tells the story of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud that took place along the border between Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sara Entrikin - (5 minutes)
Army nurse Sara Entrikin had just transferred to Hickam Air Base in Honolulu only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Based on her letter about the event, this in-gallery performance reveals a nurse's perspective on the tragedy. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)

Storytelling: Brave Martha and the Dragon– (15 minutes)
A fair damsel tells the legend of a young girl who saves a village from a horrible dragon. A wonderful story for the whole family.

Storytelling: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow– (20 minutes)
An interactive adaptation of Washington Irving’s famous tale of New England schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the ghostly Headless Horseman.

Storytelling: The Steadfast Tin Soldier - (15 minutes)
Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a toy's devotion, love, and sacrifice - for children of all ages. 

Storytelling: Viking Legends – (25 minutes)
One of our Historic Interpreters leads you through Viking tales of gods and monsters from Norse mythology.

Swordplay and Shakespeare - (15 minutes)
Our Interpreters present and demonstrate techniques with the 16th century rapier and medieval one-handed sword and buckler. This show-and-tell interpretation ends with combat using the 13th century German fight manual known as the I.33.

Sybil Ludington –  (15 minutes)
The story of the 16-year-old girl whose midnight ride rivaled that of Paul Revere.

Tales from the Trail: Native American Stories - (15 minutes)

Selected stories from the Sioux, Shoshone, and Nez Perce tribes encountered by Lewis and Clark. Great for the family and younger audiences.

The Adventures of Pecos Bill - (20 minutes)
The tall tale of cowboy hero Pecos Bill comes to life with puppetry and audience interaction. Great for kids under 10, and for the whole family!

The Amazing Adventures of Lewis & Clark - (20 minutes)
In the style of a classic radio drama, two Historic Interpreters take you into the wilderness to join the adventures of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery as they travel up the Missouri River in 1805.

The Bootleg King - (15 minutes)
Told from the point of view of a local bartender, 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. He is reputed to have supplied liquor to the Seelbach Hotel as well. 

The Buffalo Soldier: Cuba, 1898– (20 minutes)
A buffalo soldier tells of the taking of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and the role played by black soldiers.

The Christmas Truce: Letters from the Trenches (20 minutes)
A dramatic reading of accounts from British soldiers in the trenches of the Western Front during the miraculous "Christmas Truce" of 1914. (SEASONAL)

The Execution of Anne Boleyn– (15 minutes)                                                                                                                                            
Taken from contemporary accounts, a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s second wife and queen, Anne Boleyn, describes the first execution of a member of England’s royal family.

The First Christmas in Louisville (15 minutes)

A dramatic reading of the tale of how the first Christmas celebration in the settlement that came to be called Louisville was saved by the slave, Cato Watts. (SEASONAL)

The Geste of Robin Hood– (10 minutes)
Using an original ballad, a 14th century yeoman tells the story of this legendary outlaw.

The Gift of the Magi – (15 minutes)
O. Henry’s classic story of love, sacrifice, and gift giving. (SEASONAL)

The Kentucky Derby: 1904 (15 minutes)
Mrs. Laska Durnell tells the story of how her horse won the 30th Kentucky Derby and was at that time the only Derby winner owned by a woman. 

The Riverboat Gambler (30 minutes)
The exploits of a wily card player, based on the dubious memoir of George Devlin. Stay after the performance to learn the game of faro.

The Towton Bowman: 1461– (15 minutes)
A Lancastrian archer tells of his part in the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil.*****

Trafalgar– (15 minutes)
An English Tar tells of the action of one of the greatest naval battles in history.

Virginia Keith Snawder - (5-7 minutes)
This in-gallery interpretation is based on a local woman who grew up in Shively, KY, but moved to Louisville at the start of WWII to find work as a welder at the Reynolds Metal Company, Plant 12, on South Third Street. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)

Wilhelm Tell– (15 minutes)
An account of the legendary Swiss farmer whose skill with the crossbow made him a national hero.

York - (20 minutes)
William Clark's slave played a significant role in the Corps of Discovery. He tells of the expedition's preparations to cross the Rocky Mountains and their meeting with the Shoshone Indians.