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First Friday Speaker Series: Race, Gender & Incarceration in Gilded Age Kentucky with Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fannie Keys Harvey and Lila B. White, two Black women from 19th century Lexington, Kentucky, were both jailed at the Frankfort Penitentiary. Their crime? Daring to fight back against abusive family members. Join us via Zoom as Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher shares her research exploring the experiences of confined and incarcerated Black women in Kentucky, from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era. Dr. Fletcher “explore(s) how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with the public, social and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged ideas of race and femininity.” Come and join the conversation! Please register here, and you will receive information on how to connect. The registration deadline is 10 am on the day of the event. Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call 502-782-8070.
Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher completed her Ph.D. in History at Indiana University. She is currently serving as Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Research Associate in Slavery and Justice at Brown University. Learn more about her work at
*TECHNOLOGY: This virtual event will take place via Zoom, an online meeting platform. For optimal experience, guests should connect using a device with a screen, a speaker, and a keyboard. (A web-enabled camera is also nice, but not necessary.) To accommodate guests who may not have access to this technology, a phone number will be provided at registration, so they may dial into the event, and listen to the presentation from any landline or mobile phone. Need help using Zoom? Check out this short video. You can also contact us at [email protected] or call 502-782-8070 with any questions.
Cost: Free for KHS members; $5 for non-members.

Davinci’s Pizza March Mad Disc

March 6 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

On March 6th, 2021, the Frankfort Disc Golf Association (FDGA) is hosting its annual disc golf event, the Davinci's Pizza March Mad Disc. This event will take place at East Frankfort Park and Lakeview Park in Frankfort, KY. The FDGA and all affiliated with this event will follow and be in compliance with all COVID-19 social distancing guidelines as put forth by the CDC, local health officials and the Frankfort Parks and Rec. Dept.
Participants can sign up through the online platform Participants will be required to digitally sign waivers for FDGA and COVID-19 guidelines, as well as waivers from our sports professional governing body the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). The PDGA waiver can be viewed at .
Scoring will be done digitally through either PDGA live scoring website or the phone application Udisc. Players will be required to keep and take their own scores.
Prizes and payouts for this event will also be done online by vouchers to our vendor Bang a Chain's online store.
To make this event possible with minimal contact, tee times will be selected by participants before the event. Players are instructed to show up no more than 15 minutes before their round begins and that there is to be no congregating after the round ends. There will be no more than 4 participants per card and no more than 75 persons on any course at one time. Hand sanitizer will be provided and stationed for participants use, and masks will be worn by those facilitating the event.

Kentucky History Virtual Trivia Night! Kentucky Women Behaving Badly

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrate Women’s History Month with some girl power trivia! Test your knowledge of Kentucky women who broke barriers, got in trouble, and refused to accept limitations. Players will be grouped into teams to keep things fun!** Come on your own, gather some friends (virtually!), or enjoy a date night in with your significant other. To register, click here by 4 pm EST on March 11th and you will receive information on how to connect. Questions? Send an email to [email protected]
*To participate via Zoom, players must log in from a device with a working microphone and speakers in order to communicate with other players. Also having video access is ideal, but not required.
**Established trivia teams of up to 5 players are welcome to participate.
Cost: Free for KHS members. Non-members $5 per team of up to 5 players.

Ranky Tanky

The Grand Theatre

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Grammy award winning music highlights the Gullah tradition of descendants of Low Country enslaved African Americans.

Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and SouthArts.

Tickets $20-30

Bourbon and Browns

Liberty Hall Historic Site

April 24 @ 6:00 pm

A special virtual evening of Bourbon & Browns from Bulleit Distillery Co. featuring a virtual tour of the distillery, education from the distiller and cocktail demonstrations with a mixologist. A special box will be sent to you with a custom 750 ml bottle of Bulleit bourbon, 2 branded glasses and a cocktail kit with all the ingredients needed to create the 2 cocktails you will see in the demonstration.
More details coming soon!

Capitol Steps

The Grand Theatre

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Putting the "Mock" in Democracy, the Steps tackle both sides of the Two-Party system.

10,000 Maniacs

The Grand Theatre

May 13 @ 7:30 pm

A perfect jingly/jangly sound with gorgeous vocals and violins has given Maniacs Alternative Rock Fame.

Robert Earl Keen

The Grand Theatre

June 6 @ 7:30 pm

Texas singer, songwriter, Robert Earl Keen's facile finger picking guitar style forms the backdrop for riveting storytelling.

Robert Cray

The Grand Theatre

June 7 @ 7:30 pm

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar.

Tommy Emmanuel

The Grand Theatre

July 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chet Atkins called Tommy Emmanuel the “world’s greatest finger picker” while Rolling Stone named him “Most Popular Guitar Player.” With opener Joe Robinson.

Frankfort Public Art

Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission
300 Saint Clair St., Suite 102
Frankfort, KY 40601