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Kentucky Humanities Council awards $1,200 to Portland Museum for panel discussion

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded $1,200 to Louisville’s Portland Museum for an upcoming forum that focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and how it was influenced by the media.

The panel discussion, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the museum, corresponds with an exhibit featuring about 50 engravings that depict the major events of the Lincoln presidency, from the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1860 to the hanging of Lincoln’s assassins in 1865. The images, original engravings published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly, are from a private collection and have not been previously displayed in Kentucky. They tell the story of the Lincoln presidency and demonstrate the power of imagery in the 19th century popular media.

As part of the Lincoln Bicentennial, the Kentucky premiere of this private collection will stimulate discussion on the role of the media in creating mythic and iconic stature of Lincoln in the national culture. Panelists include Dr. John Kleber, professor emeritus of history from Morehead State University, McConnell Center Fellow and editor of several major works, including The Encyclopedia of Louisville and The Encyclopedia of Kentucky; Dr. Thomas Mackey, professor of history at the University of Louisville and adjunct professor of law at the Brandeis School of Law; Richard C. Cooper, manager of interpretive services at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and Harpers’ Weekly scholar; Stephen George, editor of LEO, a weekly newsprint publication serving the Louisville Metro area; and John Faulkner, director of community relations for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

Since its creation in 1972, the Kentucky Humanities Council, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth. These programs include, but are not limited to, conferences, lectures, radio and television productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects.

For information about this event or Portland Museum, located at 2308 Portland Ave., Louisville, Ky., click here. For more information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, visit our grant introduction page. For information about KHC’s programs and services, click here.


Grant funds support Civil War programs in Kentucky

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded more than $2,250 to two Kentucky organizations for public programming.

Friends of the Lost River Inc. of Bowling Green will receive $1,064.50 to host several events during the Lost River Cave Civil War Living History Weekend. Scheduled for Oct. 16-17, the fifth annual event offers a glimpse into the period lifestyle of civilians and soldiers during the Civil War. Artisans and experts present exhibits, demonstrations, reenactments and guided participant activities. This year’s event features a Civil War Ball with period music and dance. Kentucky Chautauqua®’s Jim Sayre, portraying Abraham Lincoln, will give his “I, too, am a Kentuckian” performance.

Friends of Middle Creek Inc. will receive $1,200 for its project “First Ladies of the Civil War,” which will be featured Oct. 2-3 at the Apple Day festival in Paintsville and Oct. 10-11 at the Jenny Wiley Festival in Prestonsburg. Reenactors portraying Mary Todd Lincoln and Varia Howell Davis will actively participate with audiences at both of these festivals in period dress and settings, discussing their husbands, the causes and issues of the Civil War and how the Civil War affected women.  The reenactors will also offer a presentation to history and political science classes at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

These grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. For more information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.


Kentucky Humanities Council awards $7,800 in grant funding

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded a total of $7,800 to two Kentucky organizations for public programming.

The Lexington Opera Society will receive $6,600 to take its historical children’s opera, “A Shirt-Tailed Boy Named Abe,” to between 40 and 60 elementary schools across the state. The production focuses on the early years of Abraham Lincoln’s life, when he lived in Kentucky. Through spirited dialogue and song, history unfolds as four friends discuss, argue and act out various moments in Lincoln’s early life — moments that developed the well-known character traits that influenced Lincoln’s behavior while he served as a lawyer, a U.S. Senator and the 16th president of the United States. The Lexington Opera Society has produced a teacher’s guide to complement the opera.
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Jane Austen Festival this weekend in Louisville

The second annual Jane Austen Festival kicks off Saturday, July 18, at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville — a two-day event celebrating the works of the English novelist and other aspects of Regency culture. The festival, hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America – Greater Louisville Region, is funded in part by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.

To download a detailed event schedule, click here.

The highlight of the festival will be a lecture by Margaret Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook, and editrix of AustenBlog who will present “Five Things a Janeite Heroine (Or Hero) Needs to Know.” Other activities include a sewing class teaching plain-sewing techniques of the 19th Century, a Regency style show in the ballroom, a Regency Emporium featuring vendors and accessories of the period, an afternoon tea and a promenade and ball Saturday evening. Common Stock Entertainers will provide authentic old-fashioned English entertainment, and live demonstrations will recreate the fictional “Meryton” in Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.

The first Jane Austen Festival in Louisville attracted nearly 700 people. The original festival in Bath, England, attracts thousands — and so far this year, enthusiasts from Washington State, California, Texas, Florida and Chicago plan to attend.


See pottery demonstration, identify pieces at ‘Waco and The Bybees Day’

The Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky., will host “Waco and The Bybees Day” from 2 to 4 p.m. July 12 as part of the Waco and the Bybees: Central Kentucky Art Pottery, 1900 to 1935 exhibit that opened May 27.

The exhibit, which continues until Sept. 27, is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Ulmann photo wall at the Waco and The Bybees exhibit, open now at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky.

The Ulmann photo wall at the Waco and The Bybees exhibit, open now at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky.

Harvey Conner will demonstrate pottery making during the event. At 3 p.m., there will be a “show and tell” period for exhibit-goers to have mystery pieces identified. Museum co-curators Larry Hackley and Margaret Layton will host gallery tours of the exhibit every 20 minutes. Admission is $6 for adults. The event is free for children and museum members.

Waco and the Bybees: Central Kentucky Art Pottery, 1900 to 1935 is the first exhibit devoted to the art pottery of Cornelison Pottery, Waco Pottery and the Bybee Pottery Company lines of Genuine Bybee and Selden Bybee.

“It has been a great pleasure to recognize the artistry of the Madison County potters of almost a century ago,” Hackley said. “With recognition, we believe the Central Kentucky Art pottery will emerge to take its place with the likes of Weller, Roseville, Fulper, Teco, and, some would say, even Rookwood.”

The Hopewell Museum is located at the corner of Eighth and Pleasant streets in Paris and is open Noon to 5  p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. For information, call (859) 987-7274.

For information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.


Kentucky Folk exhibit opens July 11

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, with the assistance of a minigrant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, will present an exhibition of UK HealthCare’s collection of folk art from July 11 to Sept. 20. The show, “Kentucky Folk: Art from the UK HealthCare Collection,” consists of more than 80 folk art figures and sculptures, paintings and canes by Kentucky folk artists, ranging in date from the 1970s to the present.

See the University of Kentucky press release about the exhibit here.

The exhibit includes an Art at Noon lecture on Aug. 5 by Matt Collinsworth, director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center, and a Teatime for Teachers event Sept. 2.

For information, including museum hours and admission prices, visit the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky Web site. For information about applying for a minigrant from the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here.