Kentucky Culture Symposium: The Big Picture

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What is Kentucky culture? Is it western? We began as the New West, settled by the offspring of eastern colonial states. Our later generations settled the newer west, named the Old West. Is it southern? It is often said Kentucky was part of the north during the civil war, then became part of the south after the war.

This symposium will introduce us to ourselves and our many reincarnations. We will explore through artifacts and artisans how religion, politics, science and the arts shaped our Kentucky culture. The 2021 symposium will give us an overview - the big picture!

A 1-year membership to the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation will be given as a door prize to one lucky attendee.


Sumpter Priddy, III - Author and noted southern antiques authority, presents "Evangelicalism, Patriotism and Scot's Common Sense in the Art and Culture of the American Back-Country: 1760 - 1800".

Dr. Daniel Ackermann - Curator of Old Salem Museum & Gardens and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, presents "Kentucky Begins: Cultural Confluence in the Bluegrass State".

Eric Brooks - Curator of Ashland, The Home of Henry Clay, presents "Ashland's Important New Acquisition, Charles Dupuy".

Tim Tomes - Archdiocesan Archivist for the Louisville Archdiocese presents "The Restoration of The Three Marys", a monumental 8ft x 10ft painting by Matthew Harris Jouett.

Mack Cox - Independent scholar and speaker, presents "An American Story: The Redd Family Paintings".

Dr. Mel Hankla - Historian, speaker, collector and author, introduces his recent book. "Into the Bluegrass - Art and Artistry of Kentucky's Historic Icons".

Gwynne Tuell Potts - Former executive director and board president of Historic Locust Grove, Inc. and of The Blackacre Conservancy, and author, introduces her book "George Rogers Clark and William Croghan: A Story of the Revolution, Settlement, and Early Life at Locust Grove".


Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)

Location: The Thomas Hunt Morgan House

Address: 210 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507