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Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant smoked at least 20 cigars a day and, after a brilliant war victory, a nation of well wishers sent him more than 10,000 cigars. He later died of throat cancer.
An Evening with Buster
Film screening of The General with live, original score by the Tamerlane Ensemble
Thursday, April 17 & Friday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
We’re thrilled to invite you to two special screenings of the 1926 comedy-adventure, The General, staring Buster Keaton. An original score performed live by Louisville’s Tamerlane Ensemble will accompany this critically-acclaimed silent film. The Tamerlane Ensemble, with its fusion of bluegrass, jazz and chamber music, is back at the Frazier after playing to sell-out crowds at the An Evening with Poe series at the Frazier Museum last fall. Read more >>>
1940s USO-style dinner & dance
Friday, February 14, 2014
7 to 10 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s day dancing cheek-to-cheek with your sweetie! Put on your Boogie Woogie stompers, spiffiest World War II-era threads and hoof the night away with the 17-piece Don Krekel Orchestra at the fourth-annual Frazier Canteen! Read more>>>
Date Night in Paris
Saturday, January 11
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A touch of France at the Frazier, to kick off our series of Saturday nights with extended hours… Featuring The Eye of Napoléon The treasures of the French Emperor and his Court Take a special gallery tour.
- Listen to live French music.
- Take a French lesson.
- See a French film.
- Cash bar
“An Evening with Poe”
Click here for more on our ongoing “Second Saturday” family days!
October 22 – 27, 29, 30, 31; November 1 -3
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on all performance days except October 23 and 30. The October 23 and 30 performances will have an 8 p.m. start time due to late business hours for “The Eye of Napoleon.” Performances are approximately 2 hours.
*Educators, for information on our daytime “Tales of Poe” Education Program, click here.
Back by popular demand, the Frazier Museum’s Historic Interpretations Department will bring some of Poe’s best known works to the stage for a live show like you’ve never seen before. This year, eight Poe tales will be presented, including five poems and three short stories:
- Annabel Lee
- The Raven
- The Bells
- The Tell-Tale Heart
- MS Found in a Bottle
- The Fall of the House of Usher
- Dream Within a Dream (a song by The Tamerlane Trio)
Tickets are just $15 and include admission to the museum’s permanent galleries. Frazier Museum members may purchase tickets a week prior to the general public. Advanced purchase is recommended!
* Tickets do not include access to special exhibitions, such as “The Eye of Napoleon.”
For more on the Frazier Museum’s historic interpretations, including a daily performance schedule, click here.
An Evening with Poe Art Exhibition
Congratulations to all the Dupont Manual High School and Presentation Academy students who submitted their masterpieces for our An Evening with Poe art exhibition. Check out their great works.
The Music Behind “An Evening with Poe”
Live musical accompaniment for “An Evening with Poe” is provided by The Tamerlane Trio, an ensemble of local musicians formed specifically for “An Evening with Poe.” Amber Estes Thieneman (vocals), Mick Sullivan (guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals) and Rob Collier (bass and vocals) have collaborated and performed independently with groups such as Sandpaper Dolls, Fire the Saddle, Liberation Prophecy and Squeeze-bot, among others.
The scores pull largely from music played in the Appalachia region during Poe’s time. Having grown up in Richmond, Va., Poe certainly would have heard the music of slaves, the strings of a banjo, as well as the popular parlor music of the day. The Tamerlane Trio plays folk songs carried from the British Isles, music composed by personal acquaintances of Poe and some of the day’s most popular songs – many of which are now largely forgotten.
Crafting an unusual repertoire of 19th century music specifically for “An Evening with Poe.” The trio has also written an original musical setting for Poe’s “Dream Within a Dream,” along with an original score for some of the evening’s onstage action.
- Historic Interpreters Tony Dingman, Kelly Moore and Eric Frantz perform The Masque of the Red Death during “An Evening with Poe.”
“An Evening with Poe” series:
Discover the magical myths of the night sky!
Join us for a date night under the stars on our Rooftop Garden. Spend an evening learning about the constellations and the legendary stories that tie the stars together.
Enjoy music from a real life mermaid harpist as she enchants you with her mystical tunes, $6 mythic themed specialty cocktails, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and gallery access to the “Mythic Creatures” exhibition. Grab some popcorn from our Frazier Museum Store, we will also be showing the 1981 version of “Clash of the Titans” in our First Floor Theater.
Pre-Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Though Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and 19th) originated in Texas in 1865, it’s since spread across the country as a day, week or sometimes even a month to celebrate African American freedom, education and achievement.
“Mythic Creatures” Opening Day - May 11, 2013
Join us for an opening day of epic proportions! See “Mythic Creatures,” an eye-popping new exhibition and celebrate the museum’s ninth birthday.
“We Sing America”- January 30 and February 7, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Kentucky Opera and the Fund for the Arts, “We Sing America” performances are two FREE happy hour events that include gallery access. Each evening, a Frazier Museum interpreter will perform in conjunction with Kentucky Opera studio artists to provide a vivid tour of our country’s history through American folk songs. Guests will enjoy free beer and wine.
Frazier Canteen, a 1940s USO-style dinner & dance- Saturday, February 16, 7 to 10 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s weekend dancing cheek-to-cheek with your sweetie! Click here for more and to get your tickets today!
Princess Tea Party- December 30, 2012, 2 p.m. Princesses wore their finest attire and joined us for tea and savories, activities, exhibition access and lots of Princess Diana fun! See photo gallery below. Click here for more photos.
Museum Row on Main: Teacher Appreciation Weekend- November 17 and 18, 2012, In celebration of American Education Week, the Frazier History Museum teamed up with other attractions in downtown’s Museum Row district to honor educators! All teachers received free admission for themselves and one guest at several downtown attractions. Read more here.
Girls Night Out- November 15, 2012, 7 to 11 p.m. Girls Night Out guests enjoyed a night just for ladies! Music, chocolate, palm-readers, mini massages, dramatic eye makeovers, appetizers, a cash bar and other girly fun! See photos from the evening here:
A Royal Evening Honoring Diana- September 14, 2012. An elegant black tie museum fundraiser. Guests were the very first in Louisville to see the “Diana: A Celebration” exhibition. Cocktails, exhibition viewing and dinner were all included. See photos from the evening here:
KNight for a Princess- September 15, 2012. Guests partied like the royals— all in honor of the “people’s princess!” We grooved to the beat of our DJs– Syimone and DJ Prism– and enjoyed “Diana: A Celebration” exhibition access, tasty hors d’oeuvres and free signature drinks! Many guests showed their love of all things British in the Costume Contest! A portion of proceeds benefited the House of Ruth. See photos from the evening here:
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Nearly 2,000 of our closest friends joined us for this very special Samurai-themed Founder’s Day celebration. Guests enjoyed Japan-inspired games, food, entertainment and educational crafts, as well as inflatables and exciting “samurai” performances by the museum’s costumed interpreters! Read more>>>
Classical Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration and Lecture – May 26, 2012
Kono Yoshinori, a Japanese martial arts master and body technique expert, came to the Frazier to give a lecture and demonstration regarding classical Japanese martial arts (or, “bujutsu”), as well as other aspects of traditional Japanese culture.
“A Civil Murder,” a murder mystery dinner event – March 16, 2012
Guests dressed in their Civil War-era finest and played detective to solve this historical murder mystery! Read More>>>
Frazier Canteen, a USO-style dinner & dance – February 11, 2012
Guests danced check-to-check with their sweeties throughout the night to celebrate Valentine’s weekend at the Frazier Canteen! Read More>>>
Founder’s Day at the Frazier History Museum
The Frazier History Museum and several thousand of its closest friends celebrated the museum’s seventh birthday with Founder’s Day 2011, Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read More>>>
Royal Wedding Breakfast – April 29, 2011
We flung open our doors at 4:30 a.m. with BBC coverage beginning at 5 a.m. It was early, but stiff upper lip! If the Queen could do it, so could we! Read More>>>
Celebrating Black History Month with the Kentucky Opera and Fund for the Arts with “Oh Freedom!”
In honor of Black History Month, the Frazier History Museum partnered with the Kentucky Opera and Fund for the Arts to present FREE happy hour events on January 20 and 27 and February 3 and 10. Read More>>>