Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions


Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass

Spring 2017

Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass is a photographic celebration of the stories and places that make Kentucky so special. With photographs by Thomas Hart Shelby, a descendent of Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby, and thoughtful text prepared by Sally Vanwinkle Campbell, a granddaughter of Pappy Vanwinkle, these engaging Kentucky stories leap off the page and into our hearts. From tenant farmers to urban revivalists, these Kentuckians have one thing in common: a deep connection to their heritage and a fierce determination to preserve it for future generations. These photographs present a call to each of us to embrace the future with hope, and most of all, imagination, even as we hold tight to the past. Featuring stories from Lucille Carloftus in Livingston, Nancy Newsom Mahaffey in Caldwell County, the Mattingly Family of Barren County, Kentucky, Saving Kentucky presents a sampling of what makes Kentucky so unique. 


Nutcracker: The Exhibition

November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Nutcracker: The Exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Louisville Ballet, the state ballet of Kentucky, is a visual and scenic walk through the tantalizing sets and costumes of beautiful Nutcracker productions rooted in Kentucky. This endearing holiday classic has been part of the fabric of our community for six decades and the Louisville Ballet is one of the oldest professional ballet companies in the United States. Recalling historic local presentations guests will journey through the Stahlbaum Party Scene, the Waltz of the Snowflakes, and the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The exhibition will also feature a collection of handmade Nutcrackers, photographs, and other artifacts.

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Magnificent Mona Von Bismarck

March 15, 2018 - July 22, 2018

The Frazier History Museum is thrilled to be presenting the fantastically opulent life of Mona Von Bismarck. Originally born Mona Travis Strader in Louisville, Ky in 1897, she would go on to be married five times, live a life of luxury, and become the world's first fashion icon. Bismarck would rise through international society and eventually become the first American named Best Dressed Woman in the World. She became one of the most photographed socialites of her time and pose for portraits with Salvador Dali and Savely Sorine. This exhibit will display Bismarck's incredible grace through the display of many of her lavish dresses, with labels such as Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Vionnet. On loan from the Filson Historical Society, many of Mona's witty correspondences will be on display. Filled with humor and vivid descriptions of her often dramatic life, the letters serve as a glimpse inside her lavish life.

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World War 1

Fall 2018

Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of the United States of America entering into World War I and all the brave men who served, the Frazier History Museum is presenting an exhibit to be on display in the fall of 2017. It will feature photographs, postcards uniforms and personal stories from the Great War. Items on display will include a very rare experimental M1 Helmet made by the Ford Motor Company and WWI Trench Art made by soldiers out of found objects. Visitors will also learn about Louisville Kentucky’s Camp Taylor, one of only 16 camps operating in the U.S. during World War One.  


Future project: Expanded Bourbon Experience and Visitor Center in Partnership with the Kentucky Distiller's Association

The Frazier History Museum has announced that the Museum will explore and develop the concept of a new and expanded Bourbon experience that will include a visitor center and, in partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), will serve as an official starting point to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. More...