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February 2019

MetOpera – Carmen

February 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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$23 / $18

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

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May 2021

Capital City Museum Virtual Tour

May 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week - May 16-22, 2021The Capital City Museum’s Unveiling and Virtual Tour of their new exhibits – hosted by Capital City Museum and presented by City of Frankfort’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Penny Peavler, Capital City Museum board member Betty Barr, and museum staff member Becky Tippett.  Join us for a sneak peek of the newly renovated main gallery of the Capital City Museum featuring stories about Frankfort and Franklin County that fascinate and educate.…

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Introduction to the Kentucky Heritage Council & Kentucky Main Street Program

May 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week - May 16-22, 2021Hosted by Kentucky Heritage Council and presented by Executive Director Craig Potts and Site Identification Program Manager and Main Street coordinator Kitty Dougoud. Mr. Potts will provide a general overview of the National Historic Preservation Act in Kentucky and the associated tools and resources available to communities like Frankfort to preserve its diverse heritage.Kitty Dougoud will be discussing Kentucky’s Statewide Main Street program, the oldest of its kind in the nation. Ms.…

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Frankfort Author’s Roundatble

May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Hosted by Paul Sawyier Public Library in collaboration with the Kentucky Historical Society and moderated by Stuart Sanders, Director of Research and Collections. A virtual discussion by Frankfort authors who have captured our area’s rich history in the written word. Participating authors include: Douglas Boyd (Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community, 2013), Nicky Hughes (multiple titles) of Frankfort Heritage Press, Sheila Mason (Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life…

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Kentucky State University at 135 – Our History

May 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Hosted by Kentucky State University. Kentucky State University is honoring its history with a new book and panel discussion as it celebrates its 135th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebration, Kentucky State is hosting “Our History: Kentucky State University at 135” on May 18 at David H. Bradford Hall in Carl H. Smith Auditorium. The event can be viewed  @KyStateU Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/KyStateU) or via Zoom at 980 1850 3350…

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Bourbon Archaeology: Unearthing Spirited Histories

May 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Hosted by the City of Frankfort and presented by Nick Laracuente, Kentucky’s Bourbon Archaeologist .The distilling industry is a critical piece of Kentucky’s history and its continued success. Nick will discuss the three tiers of distilleries (moonshine, farm, and industrial) and how they both influenced and were influenced by economic, social, and technological trends in Kentucky. This talk will highlight findings from archaeological investigations at each type of distillery and discuss…

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Architectural Review Board Regular Meeting

May 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Introduction to Frankfort’s Historic Preservation Commission – hosted by the City of Frankfort.Meet the members of the City’s Architectural Review Board, learn about what the commission does.Visit the City of Frankfort’s Facebook Page.

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Vest-Lindsey House Virtual Tour

May 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Hosted by Kentucky Division of Historic Properties and presented by Dalaina Bean, Director of Events at Berry Hill Mansion.The Vest-Lindsay House, located in downtown’s Corner of Celebrities, now serves as offices for the Kentucky Division of Historic Properties and, after updates, will serve again as a State meeting house. It is recorded as one of the oldest homes in Frankfort. Before it made it into the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s hands in…

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Architectural Design & Archaeology in the Capital City

May 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021PART 1: “Is it Colonial or Foursquare?: Identifying and Describing Historic Residential Buildings” presented by Vicki Birenberg, City Historic Presentation Officer. Ms. Birenberg will explain common methods used to describe historic residential properties, characteristics of various architectural styles associated with them, and the timeline of styles commonly found in the United States. Given the rich architectural heritage of Kentucky, and Frankfort in particular, she will sprinkle local examples throughout her presentation.Zoom…

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Kentucky History Trivia Night – Virtual

May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Kentucky History Virtual Trivia Night: Frankfort Edition – hosted by Kentucky Historical Society and sponsored by Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation, Capital City Museum, and Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce.Join us via Zoom* to show off your capital city smarts at a special Frankfort-themed Virtual Trivia Night! Players will be grouped into teams** to battle it out for bragging rights AND some pretty sweet prizes, so don’t miss out! To…

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Old Governor’s Mansion Virtual Tour

May 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Old Governor’s Mansion Virtual Tour – hosted by Kentucky Division of Historic Properties and presented by Dalaina Bean, Director of Events at Berry Hill Mansion.The Old Governor’s Mansion serves as the oldest official executive residence still in use in the United States because it is listed as the home of the Lieutenant Governor . While each Lt. Governor is given the opportunity to live in the mansion, it has not been…

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50th Anniversary of Kentucky State Capitol Floral Clock

May 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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In celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week – May 16-22, 2021Hosted by Kentucky Division of Historic Properties and presented by Ryan Hix, Maintenance Supervisor for Kentucky Department of Facilities and Support Services.The Kentucky State Capitol’s Floral Clock was dedicated fifty years ago on May 6, 1961 by then-governor Bert T. Combs. Gov. Combs had seen a similar clock in Scotland and thought it would be a great addition to the Capitol grounds. While Happy Chandler, Governor Comb’s political rival, made a…

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August 2021

127 Yard Sale

August 5, 2021 - August 8, 2021
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The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World's Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale.

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Women’s Equality Celebration

August 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am  -  Frankfort Cemetery Tour of Suffragists - Participate in a one hour guided tour of suffragists buried in the cemetery.  Transportation provided via Frankfort Trolley.  Registration     required.

11:00 am  - Women's Equality March on Broadway - Wear your suffrage whites and march to celebrate women's rights.  Meet in front of the Paul Sawyier Public Library and march to the Old Capitol grounds, passing historic Frankfort landmarks along the way.

12:00 pm - Celebration on Old Capitol Lawn - Hear from notable Kentucky women on the steps of the Old Capitol to celebrate and recognize the women's equality movement.

12 - 6 pm  -  Downtown Frankfort Shopping & Dining - Visit Downtown Frankfort shops and restaurants for special meals and deals celebrating women's equality.

12 - 6 pm  -  Women's Suffrage History Walk - Complete this 10 stop, self-guided history walking tour throughout downtown that gives a timeline of women's suffrage movement.

12 - 4 pm  -  Capital City Museum - Visit Frankfort's own history museum.   Admission is free.

12 - 2 pm  -  Liberty Hall Open House - Visit historic Liberty Hall for tours and narrated history throughout the afternoon.  Admission is free.

1 - 3 pm   -   Suffragist Showcase & Film at Library - View a showcase of African American Suffragists from 1-3pm, and a 50 minute documentary film beginning at 3pm.

1:30 pm  -  Kentucky Women Behaving Badly Tour - Join the Kentucky History Center for a guided history tour focused on Kentucky's remarkable women.  Tickets required.

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October 2021

Bourbon on the Banks Tour: Kentucky Bourbon Mash Up

October 22, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bourbon history is Kentucky history! Come discover our unique collection of bourbon-related artifacts as museum staff guide your group in a curated gallery experience. Learn the fascinating stories behind these objects, and how they fit into the larger story of the Commonwealth. You can almost taste the history! Length: 1 hour; Capacity: 10

Cost: $5 in addition to general admission.

Email [email protected] to register.

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Genealogy Tea & Sympathy: Researching Western Kentucky Families

October 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT!

Is a Kentucky Ancestor eluding you? Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands! Join our group discussion and bring your genealogy challenges to unlock the past. If you have questions about which source to use next, what terms like “proof standard” mean, or even how to involve the next generation in your family’s history, KHS can help.

Our virtual meet-up gathers the fifth Saturday of the month, and we welcome all research levels – let’s learn from each other’s experiences! Even if we can’t offer a solution, we promise to share it all over a cup of tea, with plenty of sympathy.

Tea Topics for 2021 – Regional Research! The topic for October is Researching Western Kentucky Families. Past events for the year have been recorded and will be available via YouTube.
This month’s special guest: Nancy Richey from Western Kentucky University!

This virtual edition of Genealogy Tea & Sympathy is free for all to attend. Please preregister by calling the KHS Ref Desk at 502.782.8080 or email [email protected] Once registration is complete, you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation for the event.

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2021 Trick or Treat

October 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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It’s that time of year!

This year’s spooky holiday falls on a weekend.

Halloween trick-or-treating will be observed on Sunday, October 31, between the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Children over the age of 12 are requested not to wear a mask.
Suggestions that parents may want to observe to make Halloween a safer, fun-filled event for the children are:
1. Escort your children, or have an older sibling accompany them.
2. Trick-or-treat only in those neighborhoods with which you are familiar.
3. Avoid costumes and masks that impair vision or make it difficult for children to walk. Do wear bright colored costumes that can be more easily seen by motorists or add strips of reflective tape if out after dark.
4. Children or accompanying adults should carry flashlights after dark and be instructed to cross only at intersections.
5. Houses without an outside light on should not be approached by trick-or-treaters.
6. Children should not eat any treats until they have been inspected by an adult.
Parents who are concerned about the possibility that their children may receive tainted treats might consider organizing a Halloween party in their homes, churches, or schools rather than trick-or-treating door-to-door.
Motorists should be aware that children will be out that evening and may run out from behind parked vehicles or other obstacles. Children do not always use caution when trick-or-treating, so drivers should be especially alert.

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January 2022

Genealogy Tea & Sympathy: 1950 Census Release Prep ( Virtual)

January 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Is a Kentucky Ancestor eluding you? Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands! Join our group discussion and bring your genealogy challenges to unlock the past. If you have questions about which source to use next, what terms like “proof standard” mean, or even how to involve the next generation in your family’s history, KHS can help.

Our virtual meet-up gathers the fifth Saturday of the month, and we welcome all research levels – let’s learn from each other’s experiences! Even if we can’t offer a solution, we promise to share it all over a cup of tea, with plenty of sympathy.

Did you know the 1950 United States Census will be released on April 1st, 2022? For our first Genealogy Tea & Sympathy of the year, we’ll talk about everything we know so far on this exciting new addition. Plus, we’ll help you find your family once the census images are available. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom invitation via email the week of the event.

Each ZOOM Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is FREE.

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February 2022

Virtual First Friday: The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts

February 4 @ 1:00 pm
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Nicknamed simply “Narco” by locals, the United States Narcotic Farm opened in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1935. Equal parts federal prison, treatment center, and research laboratory, Narco’s mission was to rehabilitate drug addicts and find a cure for opiate addiction. Join us via Zoom* to learn more about the treatments pioneered at Narco, patient experiences on the farm, and the scandal that led to the facility’s closure in 1975. Drawing on a wide variety of sources – including many found in the Kentucky Historical Society collection – authors Nancy D. Campbell, JP Olsen, and Luke Walden offer “a vital perspective on US drug policy, addiction, and incarceration as the nation struggles with a new opioid epidemic.” Originally published in 2008, University Press Kentucky re-released The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America’s First Prison for Drug Addicts this past year. View the companion documentary film here. Dr. Nancy D. Campbell is a historian of science, technology and medicine. She serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. JP Olsen is a documentary filmmaker and writer. He has worked on numerous programs shown on A&E, CBS, Discovery Channel, HBO, and PBS, and has written for New York Magazine, The New York Observer, Newsday, The Village Voice, and other publications. Luke Walden is a documentary filmmaker, cameraman, and editor. He has taught photography at the University of Connecticut and Rhode Island School of Design, and film making at the New York Film Academy.

*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 to 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.

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2020 Bourbon & History Walking Tour

February 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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$11.00

Join Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. for a 45-60 minute guided walking tour in historic downtown Frankfort. Historian Russ Kennedy portrays Col. Taylor, the father of the modern bourbon industry and will be your guide. You will be entertained and informed as you learn about Frankfort’s rich and spirited bourbon history! The tour is 1 mile in length and begins promptly at 1pm in front of the Frankfort Visitor Center, 300 St. Clair, Suite 102.

Masks required. Please maintain 6ft. from participants not from your household.

Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Per Person ticket price is $10 plus $1 processing fee. Total price per person is $11.

Tickets for scheduled tours are available for purchase until 24 hours before the scheduled date and time.

Cancellation Policy

The walking tour may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Every effort will be made to notify ticket holders in advance. In the case of a cancellation due to weather conditions, a refund of the tour price, minus processing fees will be made to the purchaser.

Purchased tickets may be refunded if cancelled 24 hours or more before the tour date and time. Refunds, minus processing fees, will be credited to the card number used for the purchase. Cancellations after the 24 hour cut off will not be refunded.

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Bourbon & History Walking Tour

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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$11.00 9 tickets left

Join Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. for a 45-60 minute guided walking tour in historic downtown Frankfort. Historian Russ Kennedy portrays Col. Taylor, the father of the modern bourbon industry and will be your guide. You will be entertained and informed as you learn about Frankfort’s rich and spirited bourbon history! The tour is 1 mile in length and begins promptly at 1pm in front of the Frankfort Visitor Center, 300 St. Clair, Suite 102.

Masks required. Please maintain 6ft. from participants not from your household.

Suitable for ages 16 and above.

Per Person ticket price is $10 plus $1 processing fee. Total price per person is $11.

Tickets for scheduled tours are available for purchase until 24 hours before the scheduled date and time.

Cancellation Policy

The walking tour may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Every effort will be made to notify ticket holders in advance. In the case of a cancellation due to weather conditions, a refund of the tour price, minus processing fees will be made to the purchaser.

Purchased tickets may be refunded if cancelled 24 hours or more before the tour date and time. Refunds, minus processing fees, will be credited to the card number used for the purchase. Cancellations after the 24 hour cut off will not be refunded.

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Frankfort Public Art

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

800-960-7200
502-875-8687