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Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was born “Phoebe Ann Oakley Moses.” By 6 years old, she had learned to shoot a rifle to help provide food for her family.

Special Events

“An Evening with Poe”
October 23 – 27, 29, 30, 31; November 2 -4

Purchase tickets here.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on all performance days except for Halloween night, October 31, which will begin at 8:00. 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:

Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for non-members and include admission to the museum galleries.

Purchase tickets here!

Special thanks to our sponsor!

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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 has written an original score for some of the evening’s onstage action.

Coming Soon!

Rosemary-Clooney ImageRosemary and Time Cabaret-style Performances

December 11, 7:30 p.m.
December 14, 2:30 p.m.
December 18, 7:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

In 1954, Rosemary Clooney, along with Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and Danny Kay, starred in the celebrated movie, White Christmas, which became a holiday tradition in and of itself for fans throughout the country and around the world. By that time, the Maysville, KY native was already well on her way to an unprecedented singing, recording and acting career that ultimately spanned 39 hit songs, 62 albums and more than a dozen films over 54 years.

As a tribute to Kentucky’s shining star, Eve Theatre Company presents Rosemary and Time, a cabaret-style look back at the hit songs and warm stories that made Rosemary who she was. The one-hour production will be staged at the Frazier Museum as part of its White Christmas exhibit. Cash bar available during evening performances. Tickets are $20 members, $22 non-members. Purchase tickets here.


Past Events:

Frazier Night Lights: The Football Fan’s Perfect Date Night

Saturday, July 26, 2014
7 to 10 pm

Craving an off-season football fix? The Frazier History Museum is thrilled to present Frazier Night Lights: The Football Fan’s Perfect Date Night on Saturday July 26, 2014 from 7 to 10 pm. Join fellow fans for an evening of fun at the Frazier’s newest temporary exhibition Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 



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 >>>


Frazier Canteen

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.


Myths Among the Stars
Friday, August 9, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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:

Veteran’s Day Celebration- November 11, 2012. Guests enjoyed $5 admission all day, and Veterans and active military received free admission. Read more 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: 

Founder’s Day

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>>>

40 Responses to “Special Events”

  1. admin says:

    Not clear on what you have in mind, Laila. Can you give us some more information?

  2. The 2011 Frazier Canteen dinner & dance is SOLD OUT! If you’d like to be added to our mailing list next year, call (502) 753-5663.

  3. Libbie Martin says:

    A great time Saturday night. We surprised my parents and they were thriled when they got there..Thank You! I was told by the photo booth person that pictures would be online. Where are they?

    Thank again for a great idea!

  4. admin says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Libbie! Good to hear you guys enjoyed yourselves! The photo booth photos can be found here… http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=332762&id=364799368626&fbid=10150141584008627

    If you’re on Facebook, please “like” us. We posted photos and video from the Frazier Canteen on there.

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    Thanks Lorine!

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  17. admin says:

    Hi Mario, this demonstration and lecture is happening on Saturday May 26. Hope to see you here!

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  24. giong hat viet says:

    So this event is going to happen in the U.S.?.It’s like an exhibition

  25. Frazier Museum says:

    Yes, “Diana: A Celebration,” the exhibition, is at the Frazier History Museum until January 13.

  26. Sheila says:

    My little girl would have loved the tea party, I wish I had heard about it. Cute photos anyway.

  27. Frazier Museum says:

    If you become a museum member, you’ll be among the first to be notified of special events like this. You’d also get discounted pricing on this and other children’s programs.

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  39. Dale McAbee says:

    I spoke to a Frazier employee about the wording regarding the times of “An Evening With Poe.” It’s confusing. I think you meant to communicate: October 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31; November 1 & 2
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on all performance days except October 23 and 30. Those two performances will have an 8 p.m. start time due to late business hours for “The Eye of Napoleon.” Performances are approximately 2 hours.

  40. Frazier Museum says:

    Thank you for the feedback. The information has been updated.

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