Frazier History Museum

A Celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 197th Birthday and Arbor Day
Apr
26
11:00 AM11:00

A Celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 197th Birthday and Arbor Day

The Frazier in partnership with Trees Louisville and Olmsted Park Conservancy invites you to Frederick Law Olmsted’s 197th birthday party and Arbor Day celebration. Join us for music, birthday cake, and a tree giveaway in our Gateway Garden between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm.

We will be giving away 197 redbud, serviceberry & yellow tulip poplar saplings, and Olmsted Parks Conservancy and its Team for Healthy Parks will also plant a tree in honor of Olmsted that morning in Cherokee Park.

Join us as we continue the legacy of Olmsted, and his vision of bringing nature and parks into each and every neighborhood.

Olmsted’s Louisville, an exhibition at the Frazier, runs April 10 - October 20, 2019.

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Storyteller Pop-Up Shop at the Frazier History Museum
Apr
27
to May 6

Storyteller Pop-Up Shop at the Frazier History Museum

Storyteller’s Derby pop-up is back! Opening Saturday April 27th at the Frazier History Museum, the official start of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Join Storyteller for a unique shopping experience featuring our favorite pieces from their online store plus new and fun accessories that they are rolling out just for the derby season. Shop sustainable and ethically made gifts, apparel, and home decor from local brands and crafters. After shopping, stick around, and explore the newest exhibit featuring vintage bottles from Woodford Reserve, Olmsted’s Louisville , and Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s campaign for Sheriff of Pitkin County colorado, Opening April 30th.

Brands include:
Storyteller Studio
A. St. Clair
Steurer and co.
Cindy Borders Jewelry
S. Benedit
A Priori
David Kring Ceramics
Anna Gregory Design
Somewhere Jewelry
Berea College Craft

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Freak Power Curator Talk with D.J. Watkins
Apr
29
7:15 PM19:15

Freak Power Curator Talk with D.J. Watkins

The Frazier is going Gonzo! Join us for a lively opening of the exhibit exploring Louisville’s native son, Hunter S. Thompson, and his bid to become sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado.The show will feature 125 limited edition silkscreen prints, offset lithographs, reproductions of historical newspaper articles, documentary photographs, as well as a 30-minute BBC documentary on the campaign and additional rare and historic footage.

$25 General Admission | Free to Frazier Members


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Second Saturday in Honor of Mother’s Day
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday in Honor of Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day with some family-friendly fun, including a special performance by bilingual musicians Evan and Vanessa.

There’d be little history at all if there weren’t for moms, so join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day in the only way we know how! Some moms are tough, some moms have impeccable fashion, some moms are creative, but all moms are awesome.  Discover some of these great stories in our galleries with a scavenger hunt and hands-on object stations, meet some famous moms, make something to take home to your mom and much more.

There's no need to register to be able join in on the fun! Second Saturday programming is included with the cost of admission and free for Members.

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The Meatshower  Book Launch & Signing
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

The Meatshower Book Launch & Signing


Author Mick Sullivan (a.k.a. Mr. The Past and The Curious and Manager of Youth and Family Programs, at the Frazier) will be joined by illustrator Shae Goodlett for a reading and signing, celebrating the official launch of their new picture book: The Meatshower!!

Probably the strangest event to ever happen in our state, the Kentucky Meat Shower dropped chunks of mysterious meat on a farm in Bath County, Kentucky in 1876. No explanation has proven satisfactory. Mick and Shae don’t have the answers, but they had fun telling the story.

This short program will begin at at 11 AM in the Frazier’s Museum Store, with a signing to follow. The event is free and open the public.

Our family-friendly Second Saturday activities are taking place that same day from 11 AM – 3 PM for those wishing to visit the museum in addition to the reading. There will be a performance by bilingual children’s music group Evan and Vanessa, as well as hands on activities and games. Second Saturday programming is included in the price of museum admission.

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Second Saturday: Family Day - HAMILTON!
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday: Family Day - HAMILTON!

Come celebrate Hamilton’s arrival in Louisville with us as we look at the man behind the story -
AND GIVEAWAY A FEW TICKETS WHILE WE ARE AT IT!!!
We’ll have performances by North Olmsted’s choir The Ambassadors, games, crafts, a scavenger hunt to go with our mini-Hamilton exhibit and more!

CLICK HERE for details on other ways to enter to win Hamilton ticket door prizes.

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 Take Me to the River: Where Brandy Meets Bourbon
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Take Me to the River: Where Brandy Meets Bourbon

NEW DATE!

Copper & Kings 5th Anniversary Party -
Doors open at 6:30 PM | Event runs 7 - 10 PM

After 5 amazing years distilling award-winning Brandy, Copper & Kings is taking it to the river with a Birthday celebration at the Frazier History Museum. With Copper & Kings literally aging their barrels to a beat, you can bet music will be at the heart of this party, with Brandy as its soul. 

Speaking of soul, Otis Junior will be performing in the Great Hall, as Ninette with Casey Powell jazz up our speakeasy stage. Throw in a master distiller-led tasting, a signature cocktail or two, and a bit of knowledge from Brandy/Bourbon historian Mike Veach – come celebrate Copper & Kings and the first day of summer!

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Chris Morris Woodford Reserve® Derby 145 Bottle Signing
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Chris Morris Woodford Reserve® Derby 145 Bottle Signing

Master Distiller Chris Morris will be at the Frazier to sign Woodford Reserve 2019 Kentucky Derby® Bottles, which are sold in the Museum Store.

We can’t think of a better Bourbon to stock your Derby bar with than this year's Derby 145 Bottle with Keith Anderson's art work adorning the label. Stop in, meet Chris and then visit the
Woodford Reserve® and the Kentucky Derby® exhibit to see all of the past Derby bottles, Derby Cups, and original art works.

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Bourbon, Bluegrass, and Barbecue - A Taste of Owensboro
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon, Bluegrass, and Barbecue - A Taste of Owensboro

BOURBON, BLUEGRASS AND BARBECUE A Taste of Owensboro
Brought to you by Independence Bank

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to tap your toes to some of the best Bluegrass music in the Commonwealth! And of course, an outstanding Kentucky Bourbon in your hand and some mouthwatering BBQ, Burgoo and Mutton from Kentucky on your plate. A Taste of Owensboro is a party for all, but a celebration of few, featuring the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame,
O. Z. Tyler Bourbon and Ole South BBQ, brought to you by the generosity of Independence Bank. General admission includes a signature cocktail and Bourbon tasting, a taste of Ole South BBQ’s best, and all the bluegrass music you can possibly consume within a 3-hour period.

Come have a taste of Owensboro at the Frazier, Where the world meets Kentucky!
$25 General Admission | $20 Frazier Members

Tickets are no longer available for purchase on-line, Walk-ups are welcome.
please call 502-756-5663 for more information

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Implicit Bias Panel Discussion
Apr
16
5:00 PM17:00

Implicit Bias Panel Discussion

FIRST FLOOR GALLERY ACCESS: 5 pm | SESSION: 6 - 7 pm

We are putting you to the test for hidden or “implicit” bias. Understanding those biases helps get a better handle on stereotypes and prejudices in our society. Join our experts Marian R. Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence at U of L, Jud Hendrix of Lean Into Louisville, and Luke Whitehead, Founder & CEO of Mixed Nation, Inc., for a revealing discussion to find out.

You say, “I’m not like that?” You may learn things you didn’t know about yourself and others. 

This program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of Eileen and Mac Brown.

THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED ITS MAXIMUM CAPACITY.
Please email education@fraziermuseum.org to be placed on a waiting list and to sign up to receive more information about our programs!

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Frazier HistoRead - Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, by Justin Martin
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Frazier HistoRead - Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, by Justin Martin

Join Amanda Briede, curator of Olmsted’s Louisville, and Frazier Museum Education for an exhibit tour and book discussion. Briede will lead a guided tour and discussion of Olmsted’s Louisville to showcase Olmsted’s legacy in, and contributions to, the people and neighborhoods of Louisville.

Afterward, we’ll discuss Justin Martin’s Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted to take an in-depth look at Olmsted, his parks, and his life, connecting his life to his work and Louisville to his mission. While it is encouraged that attendees read the book prior to the discussion, it is not required to attend this event.

Frederick Law Olmsted is best known as designer of Central Park, as well as several public and private grounds across the country. In addition to his work as a landscape architect, Olmsted was a committed abolitionist, conservationist, and advocate for social reform.

This event is included in the price of admission | Free For Members

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Tartan Day Celebration of Scottish Heritage
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Tartan Day Celebration of Scottish Heritage

Join the Scottish Society of Louisville at the Frazier History Museum as we celebrate Tartan Day, the day honoring Scottish Heritage in North America.

Our friends from the Scottish Society and the Louisville Pipe Band will be here to share the sights, sounds, and tastes of Scotland with any and all interested museum visitors. Learn about the interesting clothing, music, weapons, and foods, even give traditional Scottish dancing a try! All activities are included with museum admission.

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The Great Flood of 1937 Panel Discussion
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Great Flood of 1937 Panel Discussion

Doors at 5 pm - Gallery Access 5-6 pm - Discussion at 6 pm

Kentuckiana is used to flooding, but nothing like The Great Flood of 1937 when nearly the entire city of Louisville was underwater, with 70 percent of its residents evacuated.
As part of “Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life” and The Art of Drifting: The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard on view now at the Frazier, we revisit one of the city’s greatest natural disasters. Join us as University of Louisville Professor Sarah Strickley reads from her novel in progress Great, based on family narratives tracing a young girl in the aftermath of that historical flood.  Strickley will be joined by University of Louisville Archivist and Historian Tom Owen.  We’ll look at then and now, and lessons learned by the city and its people.

Included with the price of admission to the Frazier Museum / Free for members
Please note that admission will be paid at the door.

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Preservation Workshop: Your Personal Craft History
Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Preservation Workshop: Your Personal Craft History

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories Exhibition closes March 24, 2019

Discover how to preserve your personal craft legacy.  The Kentucky Craft History and Education Association (KCHEA) will present a workshop on recording oral histories, preserving of objects, documenting of individual craft expression and businesses.  Whether you are just starting out or have decades of experience as an artist, this workshop is for you.

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From Kentucky to Canada on the Underground Railroad: the Story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn presented by Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

From Kentucky to Canada on the Underground Railroad: the Story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn presented by Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost is the award-winning author of I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad and Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom-and Her Long Road Back to the South.

An unforgettable story of heroism and resistance. Enslaved Africans Thornton and Lucie Blackburn planned a harrowing escape from Louisville, Kentucky to Toronto, Canada in 1831. After years of struggle, including imprisonment that led to a public uprising in Detroit, Michigan, they went on to found Toronto’s first taxi company and made their home a haven for others who escaped the ravages of slavery.

Join us for an eye-opening tale of hope, bravery, and Louisville's startling connection to a pivotal point in American and Canadian history.

$15 members | $20 non-members.

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE,
PLEASE CALL (502) 753-5663 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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Black Resistance in Public: Museums and the Long Black Freedom Struggle
Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

Black Resistance in Public: Museums and the Long Black Freedom Struggle

Join Dr. A. Glenn Crothers and Dr. Lara Kelland of the University of Louisville as they moderate the roundtable “Black Resistance in Public: Museums and the Long Black Freedom Struggle.” It’s free and open to the public. Sign up at https://fraziermuseum.org/panelreservationform

Featuring:

Cheryl Laroche

Karolyn Smardz Frost

Eileen Yanoviak, Carnegie Center for Art and History

Chaz Yingling, UofL

Alicestyne Turley, Berea

Carol Stivers, John Parker House Museum


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It Starts Here: A Look Into the History and Future of Bourbon with Angel's Envy
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

It Starts Here: A Look Into the History and Future of Bourbon with Angel's Envy

Doors open at 6:30 | Program 7 - 8:30 pm | Event is over at 9:00

Join Angel’s Envy Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Wes Henderson for an immersive look into one of America’s fastest-growing and award-winning premium bourbon brands. Henderson will lead tastings, share cocktails and trace his family’s immense impact on America’s only native spirit. As the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® the Frazier will share Angel’s Envy’s unique story of small batch Bourbon brilliance in an entertaining, interactive, and informative way inside The Spirit of Kentucky® Bourbon exhibition. Henderson will be available to sign Angel’s Envy bottles purchased on site. Only a limited number of tickets are available and the first 25 to buy will also get a complementary tour of Angel’s Envy’s Distillery. Where other Bourbon’s stop, Angel’s Envy finishes. Come have a taste!

General Admissions $55 | Frazier Members $45

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Lewis and Clark Giving Society Lunch with Harlan Hubbard
Mar
12
11:30 AM11:30

Lewis and Clark Giving Society Lunch with Harlan Hubbard

The Lewis & Clark Giving Society presents their first ever educational lunch series. Join us on March 12 as Peter Morrin, former director of the Speed Art Museum, and John Begley, former director of Louisville Visual Art, co-present about their current project. "Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life."Morrin and Begley will also lead a tour of the exhibition they have co-curated, “The Art of Drifting: The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard.”

Cost of admission includes lunch and the presentation. Lewis & Clark members are welcome to bring a guest free of charge.

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Junior Girl Scout Badge Day: Playing in The Past
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Junior Girl Scout Badge Day: Playing in The Past

Ever wonder what it would have been like to grow up in another time period? Come spend a fun day making and learning what it was like for girls in your chosen era.

  • Stations open at 12:00 PM. Complete the activities and participate in the scheduled class session at 1:00 PM to receive with your Playing the Past badge.

  • It is not a requirement to book as a group, Scout/chaperone pairs welcome!

  • The Playing in the Past Badge is included for Juniors.

For more info contact Mick Sullivan at (502)753-5660
$10 per attendee (scout, sibling, required chaperone)

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Second Saturday - the Mighty Ohio River
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday - the Mighty Ohio River

Louisville wouldn’t exist if not for the treacherous falls located on the Ohio River.  The Great River spans 981 miles, flows past six states, and provides over five-million people with drinking water today. Through the Harlan Hubbard Watercolors Exhibit, our own collection, and the help of great friends, we’ll spend the day celebrating the history of the river that has given us so much. We’ll have History in Hand stations, special performances, a boat-making craft, activities, and much more. 

Our friends from Water Step will be here to demonstrate the water purification machines and methods they send around the world to help provide clean drinking water for all.

Bring a pair of gently used tennis shoes to receive a $4 discount on admission on March 9th, and Water Step will use the donation to further the cause of clean water.

Program is free with admission to the Frazier History Museum.

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Boy Scout Adventure Loop Day
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Boy Scout Adventure Loop Day

Attention Tiger and Wolf Scouts! Join us for a fun morning of learning and earning.  Through stories, song, art, and a live performance, you can fulfill all of the requirements for the Tiger Elective Adventure: Tiger Tales or Wolf Elective AdventureAdventures in Coins .  No need to book as a troop.  Individual Tiger Scouts with a chaperone are welcomed and encouraged!

  • Concurrent class sessions at 11am for both groups

  • Station-based activities open from 10am-1pm

  • $8 per person (children & adults)

  • Museum admission included

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Masters Series
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Masters Series

Doors open at 6:30 PM | Exhibit open 6:30 -7:30 PM | Program: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Immerse yourself in the pride of the Commonwealth with this exclusive Bourbon, and craft beer event celebrating Kentucky’s booming beverage industry. Lux Row Distillers Head Distiller, John Rempe will introduce guests to brands new to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, but steeped in amazing Kentucky Bourbon History. Steve Beam will talk about growing up with that iconic Beam name, and how he ended up making outstanding Bourbon at Limestone Branch distillery. Then, before our bottle signings, Gravely Brewing’s Cory Buenning will introduce the crowd to some of the freshest and most imaginative beer you can find anywhere. Toss in small-bites and Art Eatables small batch bourbon truffles and this is a can’t miss Wednesday night!

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W.E.B. DuBois Academy Panel Discussion Featuring:  Dr. John Marshall, Robert Gunn, and Dr. Steven Kniffley
Feb
19
5:00 PM17:00

W.E.B. DuBois Academy Panel Discussion Featuring: Dr. John Marshall, Robert Gunn, and Dr. Steven Kniffley

Presented by Lean into Louisville and Frazier History Museum
Doors open:  5 pm | Gallery access: 5 - 6 pm | Panel Discussion: 6 - 7 pm

They are 153  young sixth graders who are making history in Jefferson County Public Schools. They are the inaugural class at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, the first of its kind in JCPS with plans to expand. The unique learning environment includes an Afrocentric curriculum and is open to boys from all backgrounds.  Meet the people who brought the school to Louisville, along with an expert in black male achievement with a panel discussion on the need for DuBois, its success, and plans for the future. Join us as we partner with the city of Louisville and its Lean Into Louisville Initiative on Tuesday, February 19th at the Frazier!  

PROGRAM IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ADMISSION* | FREE FOR FRAZIER MEMBERS

*Frazier Museum Admission is $5 Dollars throughout the month of  February.  Residents of KY and IN must mention  “$5 February” and show proof of residency in Kentucky or Indiana, such as a driver’s license or alternate ID, while purchasing tickets.

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Sharing the Stories: A Legacy of Kentucky Craft Artists
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Sharing the Stories: A Legacy of Kentucky Craft Artists

1 - 2 PM - Enjoy music from the Louisville Folk School and The Black Dog String Band
2 - 3 PM - Panel Discussion

In Kentucky, creative arts are a vibrant part of everyday life and play an important role in our legacy as a state. Join us for an afternoon of conversation with a panel of premier Kentucky artisans as they share the stories of their art form, personal techniques, challenges, and more. Taking place in the museum’s Great Hall, guests will be surrounded by beautiful and diverse forms of folk art and craft traditions in Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories. The exhibit is offered in collaboration with the Kentucky Craft History & Education Association and features artwork from our guest presenters, as well as many other accomplished and talented artisans in the Commonwealth.

Included in the price of museum admission | Free to Frazier Members

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Second Saturday Family Day - Inventions and Innovators
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday Family Day - Inventions and Innovators

Get the most out of $5 February and learn the incredible origins of some very familiar objects that you use every day. With special objects pulled from our collection, crafts, games and performances, we’ll help you discover the incredible origins of the stoplight, Exit Sign, light bulb and more!

We’ll highlight Kentucky-born African American inventor Garrett Morgan, have demonstrations by our friends from the Thomas Edison House, and showcase the talents of student representatives from the award-winning Meyzeek Middle School Robotics Team.

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SOLD OUT Jefferson’s Journey - Launch Party
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT Jefferson’s Journey - Launch Party

Doors open at 6 PM | Access to The Spirit of Kentucky® exhibition 6 - 7 PM
Program 7-8 PM

Be among the very first to experience Jefferson’s Journey Bourbon with founder and owner of Jefferson’s Bourbon, Trey Zoeller. Experimenting with a theory that river travel is what gave Kentucky Bourbon its rich and authentic taste, Zoeller put his hypothesis to the test when he loaded two charred white oak barrels of Bourbon on a boat then sent it down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, into the Gulf of Mexico and up the east coast of the Atlantic over the period of one year, before landing in Brooklyn, New York City. Both the rocking motion of the river and the barrels’ exposure to extreme temperatures during the journey to sea exerted an influence on the Bourbon aging inside them. To gauge these effects, Zoeller used a control variable: he set aside two barrels from the same distillation to age on land in Jefferson’s Crestwood, Kentucky warehouse.

Not only will guests have the opportunity to taste the difference between the barrels that weathered over 365 days of boat travel and those that stayed on land in Kentucky, they will also be the first to have an opportunity to buy the Jefferson’s Journey Bourbon packages. It’s not the destination, after all: it’s the journey.

Small bites for the evening will be prepared by Missy Hillock from Chateau Bourbon, accompanied by Small Batch Bourbon Truffles by Art Eatables.

General admission $45 | Frazier Members $35
Purchase Jefferson’s Journey Bourbon Package $99 | Limit one package per ticket purchased*

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Second Saturday Family Day : Kentucky Crafts
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday Family Day : Kentucky Crafts

Throughout its history, Kentucky has been home to creative people in pursuit of excellence in their craft and today you can meet some of them in person.  Mary Reed and Wayne Ferguson are both artists featured in the Kentucky Craft Luminaries exhibition, and they’ll both be here for Second Saturday to offer visitors a chance to see them work and even give their art forms a try themselves. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a corn husk doll, mold clay with a master, play a dulcimer, see several of our live performances, and much more!

Our Second Saturday programming is included in the price of museum admission (free for Members!).

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Second Saturday
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Second Saturday

The sights and sounds of the season will be highlighted with music, crafts, and our great holiday-themed live performances. We’ll also be celebrating the wonderful work of some of Kentucky’s finest craftspeople with the Kentucky Craft Luminaries exhibit and a visit by our friends from The Little Loomhouse. Special performances include:
- 11:00 Louisville Orff Ensemble, led by Penelope Quesada, National Finalist for Music Education Grammy.
- 1:00 Louisville Dulcimer Society
- 2:00 Master’s Conservatory Choir

Second Saturday Programming is included in the price of Museum Admission.

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