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Capital Living…Covering Frankfort’s Social Scene – Upcoming Events

Welcome to Capital Living!!!  Our Commonwealth’s Capital City has events for everyone to enjoy year round.  Find out what’s going on in Frankfort/Franklin County and the surrounding areas.  We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to do, for upcoming notable events for families, for schools, just for fun, for community volunteerism, for history buffs, and for businesses.  If you do not see your organization’s event on here, and would like to, email us at CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com.  For advertising rates to better market and promote your business, organization and/or to cover your event, email april@KYCapitalLiving.com.

This will be a regular posting every Monday morning and will be updated each week.

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August 2017

Thursday – Sunday, August 3 – 6 – Highway 127 Corridor Sale

Set out for a leisurely drive along the 127 Corridor Sale route and be amazed at the wonderful adventures and unique treasures you will find along the way – from farm fresh produce to homemade quilts, crafts, antiques, and amazing scenery. Thousands of vendors set up to sell their goods during this 4-day yard sale extravaganza. Relax, take your time, and enjoy, not only the many bargains you’ll find, but the wonderful people and places from Gadsden, Alabama all the way up to Addison, Michigan. Visit the Official Headquarters in Jamestown, Tennessee to celebrate the World’s Longest Yard Sale’s 30th Anniversary!


Thursday, August 3, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – 2nd Annual Summer Series Pool Party, at Juniper Hill Aquatic Center, 800 Louisville Rd

We are having our 2nd annual pool party series. Open to the public. please RSVP HERE to the event. Thanks and we hope to see you there.


Thursday, August 3, 7:30 – 10:30 pmA Portrait of Wendell Berry: Look & See, at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.


Friday, August 4, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Stir Krazy, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the fifth downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Stir Krazy, a premier dance and party band providing high energy entertainment and quality musicianship. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Saturday, August 5, 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Brown Bites Lecture: On Point and Softly Focused, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St

Join Estill Curtis Pennington, author of the forthcoming book, Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827); his life and work, to hear about ante-bellum Kentucky portrait artists, their search for compelling sitters, the homes in which they worked, and the fascinating results of their encounters. Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St., Frankfort, 12 pm, $20 per person (includes catered lunch). Reservations required by August 1. 502-227-2560.


Saturday, August 5, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Rhythm & Roots Concert Series: Whiskey Tango, at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, 4686 Versailles Rd

Join us for the 2nd annual Rhythm & Roots Summer Vineyard Concert Series. These family friendly concerts take place on the Peach Family Farm set against the backdrop of Prodigy’s vineyards and Central Kentucky’s finest horse farms. We invite local, very talented musicians to perform on our outdoor stage. Enjoy a night of music and food with Prodigy’s award winning wine or beer with family and friends!

Concerts take place on Saturday’s from June-September.

Prodigy Vineyards and Winery will be providing the food on concert night. The menu will change for each concert but guests will have their choice of meat, two sides, salad, and a non-alcoholic drink ticket.

$25.00 per person ticket includes your food ticket, drink ticket and cover for the concert for those that purchase before the event. $30.00 at the gate.
$10.00 per person for cover for those who do not want a meal.

Wine Club members receive discounted admission and priority seating.

Reserved seating is available by calling the winery prior to the day of the concert.

This is a family friendly event, and attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, tents, etc, for comfortable concert viewing.

Events are rain or shine. There will be designated smoking areas.

Coolers and outside food or drink are not permitted.

Get tickets HERE


Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Searching for Family History, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records using FamilySearch.org.

Discover your place in history by preserving your genealogy online. See what others have contributed and share your family story. Whether you have just started researching your family roots or have worked with family history for years we encourage you to join us as Mark Kinnaird discusses the different attributes of this free genealogy database.

Sower Board Room
No registration required


Friday, August 11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert featuring The Irish Hats, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, August 11, 7:30 – 10:00 pmJackie (2016), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Jackie (2016) (Rated-R)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!

(2016) (Rated-R)


Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am – 8:00 pmKY Open/KY State Bodybuilding Show, at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street

Come join us in one of the best events that KY has to offer!

All competitors will be receive FREE stage and back stage photos!!


Saturday, August 12, 5:00 – 10:00 pm – Froggy Field Party 9, at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair Site, Eminence, KY

Back to Our Roots, it’s the Froggy Field Party 9 with Mo Pitney, Dillon Carmichael, Erin Enderlin and the Singer Songwriter Stage Hosted by Jamie Tingle with David Everett Johnson & Josh Martin.


Sunday, August 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pmBonnie and Clyde (1967), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.

50th Anniversary. Stars:Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway

TCM Series at the Grand!

Tickets $8 or purchase a season pass (all 12 films) for $60!

(1967)


Thursday, August 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pmKentucky Book Group: My Father, Daniel Boone, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

My Father, Daniel Boone edited by Neal O. Hammon

In celebration of our state’s rich literary tradition, this book discussion group focuses on Kentucky authors, settings, and/or themes. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Library Community Room. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


Friday, August 18, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Lions of Mercury, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

This is the sixth downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Lions of Mercury, an awesome rock band playing 70’s funk, rock, and jam music on a mission to change the world with sweet grooves. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Gathering of Authors, at the Women’s Club of Frankfort200 Washington Street

The Paul Sawyier Public Library will host the 10th annual Gathering of Authors on Saturday, August 19th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Gathering is a celebration of Kentucky’s rich literary tradition. This event features gifted writers who play an integral role in our service to readers throughout Frankfort and the Commonwealth.

We are proud to welcome authors from across the Bluegrass to sell and sign their works as well as talk with you, the reader! The Gathering is an excellent opportunity to meet some of your favorite authors in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Stop by and chat with our participants, and be sure to pick up their newest releases! This year’s participants include:

Gene Burch
Don Dampier
Steve Demaree
Ron Elliott
Normandi Ellis
Ann Gabhart
Russ Hatter
Abigail Keam
Shannon McRoberts
Lynwood Montell
Larry Moore
Bill Noel
Jeremy Paden
Ray Peden
Sheila Bucy Potter
Kurt Robinson
Charles Roe
Kyle Romines
Frederick Smock
Richard Taylor
Steve Vest

Broadstone Books
Trajectory Literary Journal

This event is free and open to the public. There is something for everyone at the Gathering! So come out and join us, and see what some of Kentucky’s best literary talents have to offer.

For more information, please contact Diane Dehoney at (502) 352-2665 x108 or Mark Kinnaird at mark@pspl.org.


Saturday, August 19, 10:30 am – 12:00 pmSaturday Workshop: Solar Saturday, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

$10* for the first student, $5 for every additional student
*Members receive a $5 savings on each registration
Ages: 5+

Don’t get caught in the dark! Get prepared for the upcoming solar eclipse. Learn how eclipses work and make a pinhole viewer to take home. Explore Thomas Barlow’s orrery, our 1800s model of the solar system, and learn how this wondrous machine works by becoming a planet in a human-powered orrery.


Saturday, August 19, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Rhythm & Roots Concert Series: Donny Brook, at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, 4686 Versailles Rd

Join us for the 2nd annual Rhythm & Roots Summer Vineyard Concert Series. These family friendly concerts take place on the Peach Family Farm set against the backdrop of Prodigy’s vineyards and Central Kentucky’s finest horse farms. We invite local, very talented musicians to perform on our outdoor stage. Enjoy a night of music and food with Prodigy’s award winning wine or beer with family and friends!

Concerts take place on Saturday’s from June-September.

Prodigy Vineyards and Winery will be providing the food on concert night. The menu will change for each concert but guests will have their choice of meat, two sides, salad, and a non-alcoholic drink ticket.

$25.00 per person ticket includes your food ticket, drink ticket and cover for the concert for those that purchase before the event. $30.00 at the gate.
$10.00 per person for cover for those who do not want a meal.

Wine Club members receive discounted admission and priority seating.

Reserved seating is available by calling the winery prior to the day of the concert.

This is a family friendly event, and attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, tents, etc, for comfortable concert viewing.

Events are rain or shine. There will be designated smoking areas.

Coolers and outside food or drink are not permitted.

Get tickets HERE


Monday, August 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – NASA Livestream: Solar Eclipse, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

On this day, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire United States for the first time since 1918. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states will experience more than 2 minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Drop in and join us during NASA’s full live coverage of this rare event with observations from sites all over the country including airplanes, ground telescopes, and even high altitude balloons. You won’t want to miss it!

Exact times of the live streaming TBA.

This event is free to the public, and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


Friday, August 25, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – The Market August, St. Clair Street, Downtown Frankfort

The Market is a pop-up, open air makers-market located along historic St. Clair Street in Frankfort, KY. Presented by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Capital Lodge, The Market is held the last Friday (except holidays) of each month from June through November from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. While primarily serving as a platform for Frankfort community businesses, local artists, and nonprofits, The Market attempts to highlight the many talented and creative people in our community in a new and unique event format.

To make The Market possible, St. Clair Street from Main to Broadway will be temporarily closed to traffic. The Street will be lined with vendor booths, and the streetscape transformed. Vendors are asked to join us and sell their creations with preference given to local businesses. Additionally, a biergarten will be set up for patrons to enjoy on the street. Music from local and regional bands will complete each event.

While a fundraiser for the Odd Fellows Capital Lodge of Frankfort, the Makers Market is intended as a forum for community development. One tenant of Odd Fellowship is to “elevate the character of mankind” and we hope The Market helps build a stronger and more vibrant community. Please contact us for more information about The Market as we work to develop each event. Each event is free and open to the public. We hope o see you at the next Market.

Join us for a fun filled evening complete with crafts, food, and beer, the last Friday of each month June – November. We hope to see you for the next Market, June 30, 6-10pm.

Download The Market Info HERE

Want to be a vendor at “The Market” in Downtown Frankfort?

Download The Market Application HERE


Friday, August 25, 7:30 – 10:00 pmA Man Called Ove (2015), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

A Man Called Ove (2015) (Rated-PG-13)

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

Tickets $6 or purchase a film series pass (8 films) for $35!!!

(2015) (Rated-PG-13)


Saturday, August 26, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book: Killing Jesus, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Saturday, August 26, 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Capital City Blues & River Festival, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St


September 2017

Friday, September 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Free Lunchtime Concert, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater, 520 E Main St

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music!


Friday, September 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pmUnited Bank Summer Concert Series featuring Bent Penny Band, at the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort

 

This is the last downtown summer concert of 2017 featuring Bent Penny Band, a multi-faceted band that focuses on music genres ranging from Eric Clapton and the Eagles to Elvis, Rock-a-Billy, and originals. Sponsors for the series include United Bank; Jim Beam Brands; Frankfort Convention Center; Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Frankfort Plant Board; Frankfort State-Journal; Cap City Communications; and the Kentucky Historical Society.


Sunday, September 10, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Fall Arts Festival, at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd (3/4 Mile South of Capital Bowl)

This event is free. Parking is $5 per car, truck, van, or even a bus!!

This is an experiential arts festival – our focus is providing you, your friends and family with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of exciting new processes and techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN!

Details will be added for the 2017 event in the spring, please sign up for the newsletter and special event information to get email updates on Fall Arts Festival FREE activities, artist led workshops, KECU music stage, food vendors and more!
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Details from FAF 2016
FREE ART Activities:

– Community project (be pART of the ART at JSP by adding your creativity to our community bench project to be exhibited at JSP!)
— Instrument Petting ZOO, hosted by the Lexington Philharmonic. Make some sweet music exploring a variety of musical instruments from each family at this booth.
– JSP Photo Exhibit by artists who have participated in youth photo club or nature photography workshops this summer taught by Karen Lanier- inside the JSP barn
– Printmaking (Anna Marie Pavlik will guide you through the creation of your own relief print, inspired by nature)
– Book binding (Joanne Price of Starpointe Studio will guide you through the creation of your own book using reclaimed materials)
– Tie dye (Doris Thurber will guide you through tie dyeing – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or Tshirts are available for $10)Tie dye at Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park
– Sticker making fun (create and wear your own stickers)
– Sculpture scavenger hunt (explore JSP in search of sculptures using a full color guide – FREE & WIN art prizes!)
– Camp ARTY Fact activity area presented by the KY Historical Society from 2-4pm
– Learn theater basics at the Bluegrass Theatre Guild booth.
– Get hands on with science and art at the Living Arts and Science Center booth and make some Rocket Sculptures!
– Additional art and craft activities for all ages!
– Anita Bolen will be conducting a wool spinning demonstration throughout the day, stop by and check it out!

Additional FREE FUN:

– Meet the animals at the Salato Wildlife Center booth
– Learn to identify KY native trees and invasive species on a nature walk, led by Frankfort City Arborist, Lorri Grueber
– LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long!
– Learn about some great community organizations including The Franklin County Humane Society and the Franklin Co. Arts Council
– Explore JSP on a self guided tour
– Bubble FUN from 3-5pm
– Community Drum Circle at the Turtle Island Drum sculpture at 4pm (bring your own drum or play with one of ours)

glassblowing: Margi Walters blows her own glass ornament under the direction of Louisville glass artist Robert Cheever. You can blow your own ornament at the Fall Arts Festival!


Sunday, September 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pmE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), at the Grand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Rated-PG)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director:Steven Spielberg Writer:Melissa Mathison Stars:Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote

TCM Series at the Grand!

Tickets $8 or purchase a season pass (all 12 films) for $60!

(1982) (Rated-PG)


Sunday, September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Trails for Tails 5K, at Capital View Park

The race route will take participants past the future site of the new shelter building. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in this fun, family friendly event. Register by August 16 and you will receive a T-shirt. We plan to have pizza, prizes, a professional massage therapist, an option to stretch out with professional yoga instructors, and more!

Participation total is $27.50 if paid by August 16, 2017.

For the safety of your pet, we recommend human participants only.

Register online HERE


Thursday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pmKentucky Book Group: Listen to Me, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard

In celebration of our state’s rich literary tradition, this book discussion group focuses on Kentucky authors, settings, and/or themes. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Library Community Room. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


Friday, September 29, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kentucky Veterans Hall Of Fame United We Stand Golf Scramble, at the Juniper Hill Golf Course, 800 Louisville Road

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame invites you to join us for our United We Stand Golf Scramble! Located at the beautiful Juniper Hills Golf Course, 800 Louisville Rd, Frankfort, KY. Registration and breakfast opens at 7am and teeing off at 8am. Come participate in our hole prizes, silent auction, and more. Price includes breakfast, lunch and all green and cart fees.

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring those who have fought for our country and went above and beyond in serving their community. Funds raised are greatly appreciated and will assist in covering these cost.

Sponsor opportunities available. Please contact cwilliams@eventsunlimitedllc.com for more information.

Register HERE


Saturday, September 30, 8:00 – 11:00 am Kentucky History Half Marathon, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s only half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history.  Plus, we offer fun events for the entire family, so pack up your running shoes and the kids, too, and head for beautiful Frankfort, Ky, to take on the greatest half in history!

Learn more here.


Saturday, September 30, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book: Soul on Ice, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


October 2017

Thursday, October 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pmKentucky Book Group: Hillbilly Elegy, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In celebration of our state’s rich literary tradition, this book discussion group focuses on Kentucky authors, settings, and/or themes. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Library Community Room. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


November 2017

Saturday, November 4, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book: A Pearl in the Storm, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pmKentucky Book Group: The Sport of Kings, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

In celebration of our state’s rich literary tradition, this book discussion group focuses on Kentucky authors, settings, and/or themes. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Library Community Room. New members are always welcome! If you have questions or wish to join, please contact Diane Dehoney at 352-2665 x108 or diane@pspl.org.


December 2017

Saturday, December 9, 9:30 – 11:00 amBreakfast with a Book: Payne Hollow, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Payne Hollow by Harlan Hubbard

Breakfast with a Book is for readers who enjoy a variety of good books in both fiction and nonfiction genres. The group meets every five weeks on Saturday morning at 9:30am for a continental breakfast and book discussion. If you have questions or wish to join this group, please contact Mark Kinnaird at 352-2665 x107 or mark@pspl.org.


Saturday, December 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway

Join our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free for KHS members OR part of the KHS’ general admission. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov 


Places to Go & Things to Do in Franklin County

Liberty Hall Historic Site

The ground of Livery hall Historic Site are open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds. The visitor center and museum store at the Orlando Brown House is open Monday-Saturday, noon-4:00p.m. Guided tours of Liberty Hall are given Monday-Saturday and depart from Liberty Hall located at 218 Wilkinson Street at 1:30p.m Guided tours last approximately 75 minutes. Tour Prices $6/Adult $3/Youth Free/Children under age 5.


Capital City Museum

The Capital City Museum is at 325 Ann Street in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky.  Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years.  It is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call 502-696-0607.  Admission is free.  Operated by the City of Frankfort, Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History (aka The Kentucky History Center)

The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History has been the headquarters for the Kentucky Historical Society since April 10, 1999. Covering much of a city block in downtown Frankfort, it provides space for permanent exhibits, museum and archival storage, educational activities, offices and special events (space rental is available). Its namesake, the late Thomas D. Clark, was former state historian and an instrumental partner in the building’s planning and development.  100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY  502-564-1792

Admission
Adults: $4
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Veterans: $3
Admission includes the entire KHS History Campus (KY History Center, KY Military History Museum, Old State Capitol)


Kentucky Military History Museum

This Greek Revival style building was the State Arsenal from the 1850s until the early 1970s when the Boone National Guard Center opened in Frankfort. During the Civil War, it served as a munitions factory where Frankfort women made ammunition for troops from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs created the Kentucky Military History Museum here in 1973.

KHS operates the Kentucky Military History Museum with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs. Artifacts and documents help provide a full picture of Kentuckians military service.

125 E. Main St. | Frankfort, KY 40601


Old State Capitol

The Old State Capitol is the third building to have served as Kentucky’s seat of government. Gideon Shryock, the state’s first native-born professionally trained architect, designed this Greek Revival building as a young man. Between 1830 and 1910, it saw many lively political debates as lawmakers grappled with issues of the day, including slavery and war.

After its use as State Capitol, the building served as headquarters of the Kentucky Historical Society (1920-ca. 1968). Today, restored to the way it looked in the early 1850s, it houses the exhibit “Great Revivals: Kentucky Decorative Arts Treasures” and is open for tours through KHS.

300 W. Broadway | Frankfort, KY 40601


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