Current Exhibit

“To Educate the Masses”: The Kentucky University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Ashland

March 17, 2015 – December 31, 2015

This bulidng was built at the Ashland estate to house labs and classrooms for mechanical instruction or what now would be called engineering.

This bulidng was built at the Ashland estate to house labs and classrooms for mechanical instruction or what now would be called engineering.

One of the more unfortunate effects of the Civil War on the Clay Family is that it cost them the Ashland estate. In 1865, it became a college campus as home of part of the newly created Kentucky University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and the home of its regent, John Bryan Bowman. This exhibit explores this pivotal period in Ashland’s history, a period that reulted in the saving of Lexington’s oldest insitution of higher education and the Ashland estate itself as well as the birth of our state’s flagship university. It features many documents from Transylvania University Special Collections and rarely exhibited artifacts of the Natural History Museum that Bowman created in the mansion at Ashland. Come explore this largely forgotten chapter in Ashland’s history.

 

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This bulidng was built at the Ashland estate to house labs and classrooms for mechanical instruction or what now would be called engineering.

Current Exhibit

To Educate the Masses: the Kentucky University and Mechanical College at Ashland

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