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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: In light of Notre Dame fire, Kentucky needs to ensure preservation of its treasures

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned on April 15, people across the world mourned the damage. They shared family photographs taken at the cathedral, worried about artifacts housed within the church and expressed concern about the building’s stained glass windows. While we mourn the fire because of the cathedral’s religious and cultural significance, we also connect to the building because of the power...

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...