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Ben-Franklin

Trendsetter

Ben Franklin, not Daniel Boone, first popularized the coonskin cap during his exploits in France while there rallying support for the American colonists’ revolt.

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1:00 pm Anne Bonny

The story of one of the most infamous female pirates to sail the Caribbean during the “Golden Age of Piracy” in the 18th century.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

2:00 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a Teaching Artist as he shares some of his favorite card tricks.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

3:00 pm Catherine the Great

The life, loves, and rise to power of one of Russia’s greatest monarchs, who led her country into the “Age of Enlightenment.”

Location
1st Floor Theatre

4:00 pm Trafalgar

An English Tar tells of the action of one of the greatest naval battles in history.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

11:30 am Wilhelm Tell

An account of the medieval Swiss farmer and hunter who became a national hero.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

12:30 pm Oregon Trail: 1848

A pioneer woman heading west tells the story of what it was like to cross American in a covered wagon.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:30 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

1:30 pm Free Frank

Former slave Frank McWhorter talks about coming to Kentucky in the 1790s, his establishment of a saltpetre business, and his efforts to free himself and his family from slavery.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

2:30 pm Medieval Sword and Buckler

Our Interpreters demonstrate techniques with one-handed sword and buckler using the 13th century German fight manual known as the I.33.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:30 pm Olaudah Equiano

The first ex-slave to publish his memoirs describes his trials and travails as a ten-year-old boy sold into slavery in the mid-18th century.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

10:30 am Brother Against Brother

A 45-minute interactive program in which one of our Historic Interpreters portrays two Kentucky brothers on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

12:00 pm Mary Miller

The story of the Louisville woman who became the first licensed female steamboat master in the United States.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:00 pm Holt Collier

The story of an ex-slave whose life as a hunter and guide in the Mississippi Delta eventually found him leading President Theodore Roosevelt on what became known as the “Teddy Bear Hunt” in 1902.

Location
Great Hall Stage

1:30 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

2:00 pm Clara Barton

A battlefield nurse, she was referred to as “The Angel of the Battlefield” during the American Civil War and went on to establish the American Red Cross.*****

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:00 pm The Buffalo Soldier: Cuba, 1898

A buffalo soldier tells of the taking of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and the role played by black soldiers.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

11:45 am Day in the Life: The Cowboy

A cowboy describes life in the 19th century American West. An interactive presentation geared toward children up to age twelve.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:00 pm Big Nose Kate

The story of Kate Elder, mistress of the infamous Doc Holliday, and one of the few who witnessed the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:30 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

2:30 pm Long Meg of Westminster

The exciting exploits of the 16th century English folk heroine.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:30 pm The Buffalo Soldier: Cuba, 1898

A buffalo soldier tells of the taking of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and the role played by black soldiers.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

12:30 pm Day in the Life: The Frontier Woman

A pioneer woman describes life on the “western” frontier in Kentucky during the 1780’s. An interactive presentation geared toward children up to age twelve.

Location
Great Hall Stage

1:30 pm Trafalgar

An English Tar tells of the action of one of the greatest naval battles in history.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

2:00 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

2:30 pm Little Bighorn: 1876

Sergeant Windolph’s account of the battle of “Greasy Grass,” which came to be known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:30 pm Sybil Ludington

The story of the 16-year-old girl whose midnight ride rivaled Paul Revere’s.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

12:30 pm Day in the Life: The Frontier Woman

A pioneer woman describes life on the “western” frontier in Kentucky during the 1780’s. An interactive presentation geared toward children up to age twelve.

Location
Great Hall Stage

1:00 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a Teaching Artist as he shares some of his favorite card tricks.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

1:45 pm Holt Collier

The story of an ex-slave whose life as a hunter and guide in the Mississippi Delta eventually found him leading President Theodore Roosevelt on what became known as the “Teddy Bear Hunt” in 1902.

Location
Great Hall Stage

2:30 pm Brother Against Brother

A 45-minute interactive program in which one of our Historic Interpreters portrays two Kentucky brothers on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

11:00 am Rifleman Harris: 95th Rifles

In his own words, this is the story of a soldier in an elite unit of the British Army during the Peninsula Wars against the French Army of Napoleon I.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

11:45 am Dolley Madison

One of the most dynamic First Ladies in American History recounts the attack on Washington by British troops during the war of 1812.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

12:30 pm George Rogers Clark

The man credited as the founder of Louisville describes the early part of his campaign against the British during the Revolutionary War.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:30 pm The Execution of Anne Boleyn

Taken from contemporary accounts, a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s second wife and queen, Anne Boleyn, describes the first execution of a member of England’s royal family.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

2:00 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

2:30 pm Elizabethan Swordmaster

Our Interpreters demonstrate sword and buckler, rapier and dagger techniques taken directly from 16th century manuals.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:30 pm Free Frank

Former slave Frank McWhorter talks about coming to Kentucky in the 1790s, his establishment of a saltpetre business, and his efforts to free himself and his family from slavery.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

1:00 pm Juliette Gordon Low

The story of the Savannah woman who founded the Girl Scouts of America.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

2:00 pm Arming the Samurai

An Historic Interpreter demonstrates how a samurai of the Edo period (1603-1868) would have armed himself.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

3:00 pm Hands-On History

Visit with a staff member as we share some of our favorite hands-on objects, each with a great story to tell.

Location
2nd Floor Landing

4:00 pm The Geste of Robin Hood

Using an original ballad, a 14th century yeoman tells the story of this legendary outlaw.

Location
1st Floor Theatre

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11:00 am SECOND SATURDAY "Science and History"

Today is Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day (3/14)! From early engineering, to discovering new animals, to where our numbers even came from in the first place, we’ll focus on some of our favorite stories about the history of science.

Location
Frazier Museum

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6:00 pm "The Man on TV" by Graham Shelby

6-7 p.m. Doors open for Frazier Museum gallery access. 7-8 p.m. presentation by Graham Shelby

Tickets are $5 for the public, event is free for Frazier members and military/veterans.

Louisville writer Graham Shelby’s birth father was a combat veteran whom Graham first saw when his father appeared on the CBS Evening News. Graham watched as his father told America a little bit about his own journey as a Green Beret who’d served in Vietnam.

In the years that followed, Graham sought out his father, because, like many children of soldiers, Graham wanted to understand how a distant war could affect him, his family and his generation years after the last shot was fired. In “The Man on TV”, Graham shares what he learned in a one-hour presentation that combines live storytelling with video, music, audio recordings and more to offer an innovative look at this corner of American history.

 

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