Category - Making History Today

Family Bible

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One of the more interesting aspects of some artifacts is the physical journeys they make. Kelly from Pennsylvania submitted her husband Mark’s family bible which has traveled a long way in its nearly 150-year life. The book was published on Arch Street…

Chest and Trunk

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As is often the case with Americans, we can trace our ancestry back to immigrants who came here searching for a new life. The same can be said of many Kentuckians whose families then took it one step…

Rookwood Pottery Tiles

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Newspapers have been a part of Lexington life since the early years of its existence. For over one hundred years, the Lexington Herald and Lexington Leader were the two main papers and for most of the last 50…

Muskrat Skin Stretcher

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The state of Virginia plays a prominent role in the family history of many Kentuckians. For Ken from Lexington, his roots run back to the tidewater of Virginia and this muskrat stretcher is a reminder of that fact.…

Banjo Ukulele

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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…

Family Quilt

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Heirloom quilts like this one, submitted by Susan from Lexington, have long been passed through families. This hand-tacked scrap quilt was made by her great-great grandmother and passed from mother to daughter until it reached Susan. These threads bind the family across time and space and…

Childhood Home Painting

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Gaynell from Greenville, KY was born in Ohio County in a house that her grandparents previously operated as a hotel and riverboat stop on the Green River. They called it The Barnard House. Later, her parents purchased it and turned…

Liberty Hall Clock

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There are many museums in Kentucky that, like Ashland, make history every day. One that has many connections with Ashland is Liberty Hall Historic Site in Frankfort, the home of Kentucky’s first United States Senator, John Brown. John Brown’s brother James…

Campaign Medal

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One of the great constants of U.S. history is politics. As long as there has been a United States, there have been presidential elections and many families have a tradition of participating in them. Mary from Lexington sent in this…

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…

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