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Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to restore historic Felts House at WKU

The Kentucky Museum has received a $36,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support restoration of the historic Felts House, located on Western Kentucky University’s main campus. Constructed in 1810 in Logan County, the Felts House was the home of Archibald Felts, a Revolutionary War veteran who was among the first generation of permanent settlers in Kentucky. The two-story,...

Carpenter Foundation grant allows WKU’s Kentucky Museum to provide free admission for three years

The Kentucky Museum has received a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation that will allow the Museum to offer free admission to the public for three years. Previously, admission to the Museum was based on a per-person charge, with free admission for Western Kentucky University students, faculty and staff. The Free Admission pilot program will build upon the success of “Free Wednesdays...

Western Kentucky University welcomes stickwork sculptor Dougherty to campus October 1-19

Western Kentucky University’s Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Museum will host award-winning artist Patrick Dougherty Oct. 1-19 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green. Dougherty creates large-scale environmental sculptures made from intertwined tree saplings. His next installation will be located in front of the Kentucky Museum. This installation is open to the public at all times during...

WKU to award 3283 degrees at 183rd commencement May 11; additional recognition events scheduled

Western Kentucky University will reimagine an old tradition with some new additions for its 183rd Commencement on May 11. For the first time since May 2006, WKU’s spring ceremony will be conducted outdoors at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Two new events will bookend the ceremony – the Topper Walk as WKU faculty and the Class of 2018 make their way from the Kentucky Museum into the stadium...

Kentucky Museum to host second annual Hammer-In event celebrating metalworking traditions Oct. 7

The Kentucky Museum will host its second Hammer-In on Oct. 7. The Hammer-In is a gathering of metalworkers endeavoring to preserve the craft and techniques of the blacksmith forge and foundry arts through demonstrations in both historic and modern-day form. The free community event begins at 10 a.m. The 2016 Hammer-In event at the Museum drew more than 300 enthusiastic participants celebrating the...