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 part of this story that will be told for years to come.

Our organization is dedicated to telling the story of Henry Clay and early American history through artifacts and primary source documents. A diary, a family portrait, clothing, a work of art – everyday objects can give a glimpse into the life of a person and the times in which they lived.

Take a look around your house and ask yourself, “What objects or artifacts reflect the story of my family?” Our new initiative, Making History Today: Our Kentucky Families, invites you to share with us an image of one of your family’s artifacts and its story. You don’t have to live in the Commonwealth right now to participate. You just need to identify as a Kentucky family in some way. In return, our curator, Eric Brooks, will share with you a similar artifact from Ashland’s collection. Perhaps your family Bible tells a fascinating story similar to Henry Clay’s!

We’ll be posting the artifact comparisons on our website and social media as a way to help educate and engage the public in doing historical work together.

All are welcome to participate, but we especially encourage parents and teachers to engage young people in this project. It is a great way for kids to learn about Henry Clay and early Kentucky history, while also learning about the process of making history.

Be sure to check our website and social media for updates!

If you’re interested in submitting a family artifact, please fill in our submission form below