Frazier History Museum

Historical Interpretations

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.

The Immigrant Seamstress (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.

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 Atterbury - (20 minutes)
Catherine Atterbury, wife of the reverend at the Town Clock Church in New Albany, IN, recounts her girlhood memory of the Blackburn race riots in Detroit. She describes the two extraordinary people who escaped enslavement in Kentucky against all odds, forever inspiring her vocal abolitionism and assistance to those seeking refuge across the Ohio in the 1850s.

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.

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: 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.

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.

Harriet Beecher Stowe - (25 minutes)
The author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin talks about the experiences and motivations that prompted her to write the novel that became so influential to the anti-slavery and abolition movements in the antebellum United States.

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.

Itty Bitty History - (15 minutes)
Join two of our Teaching Artists for the Frazier Toy Collector's Classic where they give their expertise on toy collecting: soldiers, action figures, and...Mr. Potato Head? A fact-and-fiction interpretation fun for the whole family.

Jack Daniel’s Stillhand - (15 minutes)
Told from the point of view of a stillhand who could have worked at the Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg, TN, near the turn of the last century, this interpretation details the pressures – social, political, personal – that Jack Daniel would have faced. It takes place in February 1909, shortly after Tennessee passed legislation which essentially prohibited the sale and manufacture of alcohol in the state, almost ten years before nationwide prohibition.

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.

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.

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. *****

Kentucky in Conflict, 1794 - (15 minutes)
For the farmers struggling to survive on the early American Frontier, whiskey was an easily traded commodity and often used in place of the scarce American currency. For the new American government struggling to pay its war debts, whiskey seemed the perfect product to tax. Take a look at a turbulent time in the forming of our country through the eyes of a tax collector in post-colonial Kentucky.

Levi Coffin - (15 minutes)
According to Coffin’s account, he provided shelter for upwards of one thousand “fugitive slaves” during the years between 1826 until midway through the Civil War. Some referred to him as the President of the Underground Railroad. Hear, in his words, what it took to be a conductor on the Underground Railroad and why he chose to help.

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.”

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.

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.

Phoebe Pember: Whiskey in War - (20 minutes)
In a time when whiskey was the staple medicine on the battlefield, its procurement, rationing, and protection (from marauders and surgeons, alike) was essential. This story is drawn from the memoir of Phoebe Pember, administrator of the largest military hospital during the American Civil War.

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 Nutcracker - (20 minutes)
Rediscover one of your favorite holiday classics in this interactive storytelling for all ages. Follow Clara’s journey from her cozy Victorian home to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy with the Nutcracker Prince. (SEASONAL)

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.

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 H. Devol. Stay after the performance to learn the game of faro, the most popular gambling game in America during the 19th century.

The Runaway - (15 minutes)
Based on accounts about the Underground Railroad in New Albany and Louisville during the 1850’s, as well as accounts of life on along the Ohio river during that period, this interpretation imagines the hardships a runaway would have faced in this area and the support a freedman working on a steamboat could have provided a fugitive.

The Suffragist - (15 minutes) - Cornelia Beach, a Louisville teacher at the Neighborhood House, decides to join the fight for women’s suffrage in 1917 at the invitation of Doris Stevens, a National Women’s Party leader. Facing certain arrest, she amkes the journey to Washington DC to picket the White House with banner in hand to echo the famous words, “President Wilson, how long must women wait for liberty?”

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

York - (20 minutes)
The man enslaved to William Clark 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.