Our nation’s first president was the only president to not live in the White House. During his two terms, the capital of the United States was first located in New York and then in Philadelphia.
Back by popular demand, and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Frazier Museum presents My Brother, My Enemy: The Civil War in Kentucky. This exhibition, opening February 27th, explores the fracturing of Kentucky’s families and communities as social and political issues gradually eroded the Union in the decades preceding the outbreak of the Civil War. Secession of southern states and the coming of war intensified divisions and forced separations among loved ones. Formerly close-knit families found themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield. In Kentucky, peace did not bring an end to feuding and reconciliation among divided families was not guaranteed. For some, the gulfs were too wide to bridge; for others, death prevented healing. Relationships were transformed, but the struggle between Old South and New South would divide Kentucky for a century.
By focusing on real life families, My Brother, My Enemy provides a unique opportunity to view the Civil War as a more immediate, intimate, and personal event than is often depicted in the stories of battles, campaigns, and politics alone.
Opening April 11, 2015
Visitors of all ages will be taken on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks them to face some of the many challenges encountered by the Corps of Discovery. Visitors will forge rivers and cross mountains, encounter new people, cultures and fantastic new species of animals, seek the Northwest Passage and ultimately discover the diversity of the new nation.
Opening Summer 2015
This series of exhibitions seeks to explore the diverse region, helping visitors discover the story of our own home town. Hometown History Series‘ inaugural exhibition will celebrate 100 years of Doe Anderson and its award-winning work for local, regional and national clients.
Opening Oct. 28, 2015
Spirits explores how Bourbon shaped Kentucky and the region, tracing the rise of the anti-liquor movement through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. By examining the Volstead Act and its effect on crime, politics and culture, we show how millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans chose to violate the national liquor ban, and detail the vast, often violent, criminal industry that quickly sprang up to satisfy the country’s thirst for illegal booze.