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Stuart Sanders: Ring tells the story of an 1801 Kentucky duel, part of display at Old State Capitol

At first glance, the ring in the exhibit case appears to be unremarkable. Sanders Made of thin brass, the ring’s crown includes more than two dozen small seed pearls that encircle a plate of beveled glass. Twisted under the glass lies a wisp of brown and gray hair, woven into a minute design reminiscent of a Celtic knot. But the story it tells is anything but unremarkable. On display in “Dueling...

Stuart Sanders: Legislature reflects on history, changes, during session in Old State Capitol

The Kentucky General Assembly recently held a session in the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. It was a special occurrence for the legislature, which last met in the historic structure more than a decade ago. State Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (standing) speaks in a legislative session at the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort (Photo provided). This National Historic Landmark, completed in...

Governor’s Derby Celebration at Old State Capitol to feature exhibits by 16 Kentucky Crafted artists

Sixteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol. The chosen artists represent a diverse sampling of more than 350 artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and...

Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to decorate canvases for Governor’s Derby Celebration

The Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to be part of the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby by decorating canvases for the Governor’s Derby Celebration. Picnic tables on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with horse heads and tails, and the canvases, or “Derby blankets,” will be placed over the tabletops like a blanket over a horse. Any Kentucky school, public or private,...

Come one, come all! 78th Governor’s Derby Celebration set for downtown Frankfort

  Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today invited visitors to historic downtown Frankfort for the 78th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration. The event will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.   Visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Derby Celebrations such as a farmer’s market, a variety of...

Come one, come all to Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort May 4

  The 77th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration will be held in downtown Frankfort on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.   Visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Derby Celebrations, such as a farmer’s market, a variety of arts and crafts, specialty vendors, children’s activities, Kentucky Horse Park trolley rides and live...