News & Events

UPCOMING
2023 LexTalks Events:

JUNE 4:
60 Years of Lexington’s
Human Rights Commission

SEPTEMBER 20:
CLAY 1613: An American Family
in Black
and White
A documentary in partnership
with the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities:
Corporate sponsorships are an excellent way to gain visibility for your company and support the Museum. A list of these opportunities can be found here. Please email us and a representative of LexHistory will contact you to discuss further. 

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Join us for our next LEXTalks:
Celebrating 60 Years of Lexington’s Human Rights Commission
Sunday, June 4 – 2:00 p.m.
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission Executive Director Raymond A. Sexton and current and former commission members will share the history and creation of the commission, its service to the community, and its plans for the next 60 years.
This event is FREE. Registration required:
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We’re Expanding Our Professional Team!

The Lexington History Museum—LexHistory—continues to make strides toward a re-energized, public-facing museum. We welcome a new Curator and Exhibit Manager as well as two Interns.

Our new Curator and Exhibit Manager, Katrina Dixonis a native of Oneida, New York, and her professional experience has included a variety of work that will prove invaluable to LexHistory. Most recently (and locally), she was producer and archival researcher for ACME Films, LLC. Prior to that, she worked as a records and database manager at the Montpelier Foundation, which included responsibility for supervising curatorial research assistants and interns. Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, is the restored house and grounds of fourth U.S. President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison. READ MORE.

LexHistory is excited to have Dorian Cleveland and Clay Walton join us as spring 2023 interns. 
 
Cleveland is a senior majoring in History at the University of Kentucky. He has previous experience interning with the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, where he worked on the digital project, Sustaining Slavery. Walton graduated from Transylvania University in December 2022, with a degree in History. Walton is a docent at the Mary Todd Lincoln House during its tour season and awaits graduate school acceptance letters!
 
Cleveland and Walton will assist curator Katrina Dixon in cataloging and describing museum collections, helping to move artifacts into the museum, and working with the LexHistory team to design and mount new exhibitions

LexHistory Leases Space from Blue Grass Trust

We are excited to announce another important LexHistory milestone. LexHistory and the Blue Grass Trust have agreed that leasing the main floor of the Thomas Hunt Morgan House on North Broadway will accommodate LexHistory’s exhibit space needs while being an excellent example of adaptive reuse in line with the Trust’s preservation mission. The Trust will retain its administrative offices on the second floor. READ MORE

LexHistory Names Amanda L. Higgins, Ph.D., Executive Director

After a nationwide search, the Lexington History Museum—LexHistory—is pleased to announce the hiring of Amanda L. Higgins, Ph.D. as its new Executive Director.  Dr. Higgins has worked for the Kentucky Historical Society since 2015, most recently as its Community Engagement Administrator beginning in 2016 and managing the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund and the Kentucky Oral History Commission among other responsibilities. READ MORE

Welcome to our relaunched newsletter, The Bluegrass Historian (view as pdf), which originated as a small format newspaper in July 2000. The newspaper versions were edited and published by Lexington History Musuem’s first Executive Director, Ed Houlihan. Ed was instrumental in the Museum’s original vision, establishing it in the old courthouse building and guiding it during the early years until his death in 2008.

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