Events Listing


2013 Events

Lectures / Presentations  


     Logan County Genealogical Society Seminar

  • Presenters include J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, and Gail Jackson Miller, CG. 
  • An all day seminar to be held at Southern Heights Baptist Church activity building (1400 Nashville Road, Russellville, KY).  Doors open at 8:00 with coffee and nibbles for the early risers.  Vendors will have tables open 8:00 to 9:00, during breaks and at lunch time.  Seminar will run from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm CDT.
  •  $35.00, pre-registration preferred
  • Contact Logan Co., KY Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 853, Russellville, KY 42276-0853 or call 270-726-3837 for a registration paper.

    Keeneland Library

  • Paul Roberts of Turnberry Consulting, London, will present "Racecourse Architecture" which will be an overview of the history of racecourse architecture, a brief description of Keeneland's architecture and a look at current trends and designs.  Roberts co-authored a book with Isabelle Taylor called "Racecourse Architecture".  Taylor did extensive research in the Keeneland archives to produce the chapter on Keeneland in the book.  Reception and book signing follows the lecture/presentation.
  • Wednesday, October 9 
  • 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Free and open to the public (plenty of free parking)


     The Filson Historical Society

     Collecting Kentucky 1790-1865 by Genevieve Baird Lacer and Libby Turner Howard

  • Thursday, October 3, 2013.  
  • Wine at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00 p.m.  
  • The Library at Oxmoor Farm, Louisville, KY.  Free for Filson members, $10 for non-members [Call for reservations (502) 635-5083]   
  • Collecting Kentucky 1790-1860 presents antebellum Kentucky artifacts from over fifty of today’s most inspired private and public collections.  The book and this program celebrate collectors, past and present, who continue to locate, research, and preserve Kentucky’s material culture.  At 5:30 we invite you to view selected artifacts featured in the book, with a special highlight on Peter Grayson’s desk and related artifacts.  Genevieve Lacer is a lifelong Kentuckian with a degree in education from the University of Kentucky.  She is the author of Edward Troye-Painter of Thoroughbred Stories.  Libby Howard has a degree in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is the editor of Kentucky Homes and Gardens magazine.

     Pretty Good For A Girl: Women in Bluegrass by Murphy Hicks Henry

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013,  6:00 p.m.
  • The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY.  
  • Free for Filson members, $5 for non-members [Call for reservations (502) 635-5083]
  • Pretty Good for a Girl documents the lives of more than seventy women whose vibrant contributions to the development of bluegrass music have been, for the most part, overlooked.  Accessibly written and organized by decade, the book begins with Sally Ann Forrester, who played accordion and sang with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys from 1943 to 1946, and continues into present with artists such as Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and the Dixie Chicks.  Murphy Hicks Henry gives voice to women performers and innovator throughout bluegrass music’s history.
  • Murphy Hicks Henry is a professional banjo player, teacher, and writer living in Virginia.  She founded the Women in Bluegrass newsletter and has written regularly for Bluegrass Unlimited and Banjo Newsletter. 

     Louisville Photography Through The Years by Jim Holmberg and Chuck Rubin

  • Friday, October 11, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
  • The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY.
  •  Free for Filson members, $5 for non-members [Call for reservations (502) 635-5083]
  • Louisville enjoys a long rich photographic history.  Works by many photographers – professional and amateur – are represented in The Filson’s collection and are the topic of this lecture with Jim Holmberg.  Chuck Rubin will have a mock studio set up, featuring a genuine daguerreotype camera on a stand and an authentic posing chair from the period, and will comment on this popular 19th century photography.
  • Jim Holmberg is Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society.  Chuck Rubin owns Chuck Rubin Photographics in Louisville.

     Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Inc. and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA)

     Public Archives Symposium

  • Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm
  • Activity Room, KDLA
  • Deirdre Scaggs will be the featured speaker at this year’s Symposium.  She is the Associate Dean of the University of Kentucky Special Collections, and, with Andrew McGraw, is the co-author of The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.  The volume contains recipes, commentary and photographs describing more than one hundred dishes as prepared by nineteenth and twentieth century cooks.  Ms. Scaggs will offer insights into the sources used in writing the book, which include out-of-print cookbooks, diaries, and scrapbooks.
  • The Symposium is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.  For further information, contact Tim Tingle at  or call 502.564.8300 ext. 251.



      Documenting Tradition: Images from the Kentucky Folklife Program Archives

  • Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University 
  • June 1-October 19, 2013 
  • For over 20 years the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program (KFP) has been to responsibly engage with Kentucky communities to document, present and conserve the cultural heritage of the state, most often referred to as folklife.  In keeping with this mission, the public folklorists working for the KFP in the field over these years (and into the present) have documented and shared the diverse and dynamic folklife of communities across the Commonwealth who so graciously allowed them entry into their lives.
  • The images that make up this exhibit were chosen from the KFP archive by Kentucky Museum staff and encompass a board overview of its rich contents.  
  • For more information about this exhibit:  or call  270-745-2592.
  • The KFP archives is administered by the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives unit of the Special Collections Library.

     Under the Skylight:  Louisville's 19th Century Portrait Studios 

  • University of Louisville, Photographic Archives
  • October 10-November 1, 2013 
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
  • Part of the Louisville Photo Biennial.
  • A glimpse into portrait photography of the nineteenth century, this exhibit features card photographs by a handful of Louisville photography studios that operated during the 1860s through 1890s. At a time before the practical application of light bulbs, photographers employed the use of skylights to illuminate their subjects and thus their businesses were often referred to as “skylight studios.” The variations in portrait styles and studio props, as well as the ornate card mounts and highly stylized studio logos that adorn the cartes de visite and cabinet cards photographs on exhibit reveal trends in Victorian era photography, graphic design, and advertising.



Miscellaneous Events

     Electronic Records Day

  • Thursday, October 10
  • [additional information coming soon]


     SAA Workshop:  Digital Forensics for Archivists, Part I and Part II

  • Monday-Tuesday, October 21-22
  • The Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is partnering with the University of Kentucky Libraries to host this is a 2-day workshop.  The SHRAB is offering a scholarship for archivists living and/or working in KY.
  • See the SAA website for registration instructions:
  • **Registrants must bring a PC laptop (not a Mac) with them to participate successfully in this course.**
  • Attendance is limited to 35.