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Pocket Watch

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For many years, people have kept time with pocket watches. Brad Clay from Ohio (a distant relative of Henry Clay) inherited this one. It was given by his great–great grandfather in Carter County, KY to his great-grandfather when he returned from World War I. Brad’s watch serves…

Racing Silk Quilt

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Few things are more “Kentucky” than Thoroughbreds and the quilt submitted by Sue from Lexington was meant to convey that Kentucky spirit. Though Sue is not a native Kentuckian, she has lived in the Commonwealth for many years and helped co-curate an exhibit on Ashland’s…

Milking Stool

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Kentucky has a long and rich artistic tradition and often Kentuckians make gifts of their art to people they care about. Diana from Lexington received this beautiful milking stool from her grandfather, an excellent woodworker from Carter County, KY. He…

Sideboard

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This  sideboard (larger image on top) was made by Henry Clay’s brother Porter Clay. Sideboards were used to put out food or drink to be served in the dining room and to store silverware and dishes. Henry Clay’s…

Arrowhead

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Jerrye from Lexington collected this arrowhead while on a walk along the Licking River in Morehead in 1982 and has kept it as a family memento ever since. Jerrye’s family lived in Morehead, KY and enjoyed the nearby Paragon natural area in Daniel Boone National Forest.…

Stereoscope

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Right now, many people are stuck at home and are looking for ways to access the wider world without leaving the house. Bettye from Versailles did that as a child with her grandmother’s stereoscope (top image). A stereoscope…

Dinner Bell

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As the famous saying goes, “The best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!” Our first family artifact submission knows all about that as did Henry Clay’s wife, Lucretia. This bell (pictured left) was submitted by Janis from Lexington…

Making History Today: Our Kentucky Families

Making History Today

The coronavirus has created an unprecedented public health crisis affecting all Americans by disrupting our everyday lives and by changing the way we work, learn and socialize. This is history in-the-making and each one of us is a…
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