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Keeneland Library, UK’s Louie B. Nunn Center partner for project to gather stories of Kentucky’s horsemen

By Whitney Hale, Amy Gregory, and Amy Owens University of Kentucky Kentucky is home to many of the world’s leading horsemen — individuals who have shaped the global thoroughbred industry as we know it today. To capture their treasured stories and preserve and promote them for future generations, Keeneland Library, University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and...

Keeneland Library debuts John C. Hemment photo exhibit; two Library Lecture Series events remain in 2019

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, has unveiled an exhibit of photos by early Turf photographer John C. Hemment and has two events in its popular Library Lecture Series remaining in 2019. The Library, which is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is continuing the tradition of sharing its collections with “A Day in...

Keeneland Library launches Life’s Work Oral History Project; first installment features Seth Hancock

The Keeneland Library is creating the Life’s Work Oral History Project, a new initiative designed to capture treasured stories from the Thoroughbred industry and preserve and promote them for future generations. Life’s Work represents a unique collaboration of the Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, along with the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B....

Keeneland Library celebrating its 80th year — and planning a series of programs about new TB books

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will spotlight new publications about Thoroughbred racing – from stories compiled by noted Central Kentucky horseman and longtime radio show host Ercel Ellis to new books about the Triple Crown, the Travers (G1) at Saratoga and Racing Hall of Famer Spectacular Bid – as its popular Library Lecture Series programs continue...

Keeneland Library Lecture Series to feature books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton, Justify

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will feature discussions of new books about Triple Crown winners Sir Barton and Justify at upcoming installments of its popular Library Lecture Series. On May 14, Jennifer Kelly will discuss her book, “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.” Kelly, who is from Madison, Alabama, conducted extensive research...

Keeneland Library celebrating 80th anniversary with several exhibits and special events in 2019

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will present several exhibits and special events during the next few months, including the popular Library Lecture Series, to showcase its collection and programs. In 1939, the Library was established when Keeneland Trustee and Director William Arnold Hanger donated a 2,300-volume Turf collection of Robert James Turnbull....

Keeneland Library opens exhibit of historic photos Oct. 1; Library Lecture Series resumes Oct. 23

The Keeneland Library is presenting two special events in October in conjunction with the Fall Meet. On Oct. 1, there will be the opening of an exhibit of historic photos titled “From the Vault: Historic Tracks.” And on Oct. 23, the resumption of the popular Library Lecture Series takes place when Milt Toby discusses his book “Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case.” Founded...

Keeneland Library debuts exhibitions of photographs of Man o’ War as part of centennial celebration

The Keeneland Library, starting Monday, is sharing photographs of Man o’ War from its collection in exhibitions both in the Library and online that are part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Thoroughbred’s birth. Foaled on March 29, 1917, at breeder August Belmont II’s Nursery Stud near Lexington, Man o’ War won 20 of his 21 races in 1919-1920 and is considered...

Keeneland Library sets duplicate Thoroughbred book sale to offer unique, rare collections

The Keeneland Library will hold its second Duplicate Book Sale on March 11-12 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center. The sale will offer approximately 7,000 items from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries – books, journals, magazines, programs, posters and other materials – for purchase. Proceeds from the sale will enhance the Library’s ability to preserve its collections and...

‘The Prince of Jockeys’ exhibit at the Lyric Theatre celebrates life, career of Isaac Murphy

  To coincide with the Breeders’ Cup Oct. 30-21 in Lexington, as well as its own five-year anniversary celebration, the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center has unveiled a new exhibit, “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy” by historian and professor Pellom McDaniels III.   On display through Dec. 11, the exhibit features the life and career of Isaac...

Collection of equine photographer Barrett added to archives at Keeneland Library

The collection of prominent Southern California equine photographer Katey Barrett, including this 1986 photo of John Henry, has been acquired by the Keeneland Library (Photo Provided)   The Keeneland Library has acquired the collection of prominent Southern California equine photographer Katey Barrett, including some 12,000 color slides, as well as print photographs and race track programs.   “Katey...

Keeneland Library releases Thoroughbred books, journals and magazines at public sale

Keeneland Library’s special sale will allow the general public to purchase duplicates of historic Thoroughbred magazines, books and journals. (Photo from Keeneland)   For the first time since its establishment in 1939, the Keeneland Library will sell duplicate books, journals and magazines from its unique collections during a special event for the public on March 6-8. Approximately 7,000...

Keeneland Library and the Hopewell Museum to exhibit rare Thoroughbred racing artifacts

Keeneland Library and the Hopewell Museum in Paris are partnering to present “Racing As It Was Meant to Be,” an exhibit featuring nearly a century’s worth of rare Thoroughbred racing memorabilia, beginning Sunday, Feb. 16.   The Hopewell Museum will host a grand opening of the new racing exhibit on Feb. 16. Thoroughbred racing artifacts, images, original artworks and stunning trophies...