Music is a common thread that binds many Kentucky families together. While Steve from Lexington has ancestors from Ohio, he is still connected to them through music. This banjo ukulele belonged to his grandfather who played it to make money during the depression. He would bet folks in bars a nickel that he could play whatever song they requested.

Music was also a thread that bound the Clay family. Henry played the violin and Lucretia the piano. Their grandchildren Anne and Thomas Julien Clay played this parlor guitar. Later, Anne’s children and their friends also played it.  You can see it here in its collection photograph and also where it usually sits on the parlor piano.

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