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Frazier History Museum goes virtual as hub of free entertainment and educational content

KyForward staff report

Many families are experiencing a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety right now. It is with that in mind that Frazier History Museum is introducing the Frazier’s Virtual Museum, a hub of free entertainment and educational content accessible by phone or computer.

Starting Tuesday (March 17) and continuing through the COVID-19 crisis, Frazier History Museum is going to engage, educate, inform, and entertain virtually.

So what does that look like?

Starting Tuesday, the museum began communicating daily content to its Frazier family, partners, and the media, allowing families to engage museum content from the safety of their home.

Here is an example of the sort of content that folks can expect each and every day:

-Video Lessons: One of Frazier History Museum’s education team members will provide an interactive history lesson or activity for families, like this video on the Annie EGGson Taylor Challenge.

-Object Stories: A behind-the-scenes look at one of the objects or artifacts at the Frazier. Check out the first artifact below:

After women got the vote, many chose to express their newfound freedom through fashion. Makeup, which had been looked down upon as “improper” by the previous generation (although it had not entirely faded from use) became a tool of liberation.

Mascara, shown at the far right, came in cake form and was designed to be wet down and applied with a small toothbrush-like brush. Rouge was much easier to apply in its new powder form and would have been worn on the center of the cheeks.

Nail polish became popular, especially the glossy lacquer. Cutex, the brand seen here, is still in existence today.

3.Staff Picks: You’ll get book recommendations chosen by our staff like the below book (from Megan Schanie, Manager of School and Teacher Programs)

I. Love. This. Book. – I share the story with anyone who will listen and highly recommend it if you’d like to learn more about “hidden figures” from our local community who had a major impact on history. “I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land” shares the incredible, true story of an enslaved couple from Louisville who escaped to Canada in the 1830s and worked incredibly hard to make a life for themselves and help other escaped fugitives fleeing slavery in the U.S.

Lucie and Thornton Blackburn defied the odds, changed history and should be known and honored in any conversation of great Kentuckians.

Frazier History Museum knows everyone is adjusting their lives to ensure the health of each family and the community. We want to help as everyone settle into the new normal. Social distancing means spending more time in isolation, with schools called off and many adults working from home.

Frazier History Museum has temporarily postponed all public events and in-person admission to the museum in light of COVID-19, doing our part as a global and corporate citizen to limit the spread of the virus.

Frazier History Museum is also working on delivering the great Kentucky-themed Museum Store and our more than 90 bourbons available in a different way as well. More information will be available in daily communications Monday through Friday indefinitely.

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