A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Celebrate Secretariat, speakeasies and Stephen Foster’s 60th this spring in Bardstown

World-famous horse, Secretariat, vestiges of the Prohibition era and the 60th anniversary of Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama are on tap beginning mid-spring in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, when the new “The Race Is On!” comes to My Old Kentucky Home, new Prohibition exhibit opens at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and “The Stephen Foster Story”...

My Old Kentucky Home marks 200th anniversary of Federal Hill with culinary tours, collection additions

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Federal Hill mansion with new tours and new displays at the popular Bardstown historic site. Federal Hill was built by the Rowan family in 1818 and became popular because of its connection to Stephen Foster’s famous song “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Visitors can tour the home and learn about the...

December at My Old Kentucky Home to feature “A Christmas Carol” and “The Gifts of Attention”

My Old Kentucky Home State Park and its musical cast will perform the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” on six evenings in December. Federal Hill will be decorated for Christmas and guests will meet Charles Dickens, who will set the stage for the holiday classic. Visitors will move from room to room and encounter the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghost of Marley and the spirits of...

‘The Race is On’ Kentucky Derby exhibit comes to My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will open “The Race is On” exhibit on the traditions of the Kentucky Derby on April 18. The new exhibit includes items from the world-famous horse, Secretariat, including his winning Preakness Stakes flower blanket garland, winning bets, and racing silks from Secretariat’s horse farm “The Meadow!” Also, see costumes worn by Diane Lane...

‘The Race is On’ exhibit to be featured at My Old Kentucky Home State Park beginning April 15

Kentucky horse racing traditions are alive and well at My Old Kentucky Home State Park during April and May. The park will feature “The Race is On” exhibit from April 15 to May 31, perfect for Kentuckians and their guests. Jockey silks will be on display from Kentucky’s winningest horse farms, along with a sparkling collection of original coin-silver family julep cups in addition to the recipe...

Victorian mourning practices focus of “Weep No More” tour at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is offering a new tour during the remainder of October on the Victorian mourning practices of the 19th century called “Weep No More.” Social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief that the remaining family members were experiencing. Door knobs would be draped in black, as...

From feuding clans to whodunnits, Kentucky has it all summer long in outdoor dramas

Blood Song, an original play about the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia will return for its second season in Pike County. (Photo by Kathy Castle Gullett/Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council)   It may not be Hollywood, but Kentucky has a long history of summer outdoor theatrical productions. In fact, some of the shows have been running for more than...