Latest Exhibit “A Salute to Lexington’s Greatest Generation” Opens Saturday

Latest Exhibit “A Salute to Lexington’s Greatest Generation” Opens Saturday

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LexHistory Salutes Kentucky’s Greatest Generation
Exhibit to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of World War II’s End to Open at Library
January 31, 2015 – March 29, 2015

Lexington, KY – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, LexHistory will remount A Salute to Lexington’s Greatest Generation: World War II on the War and Home Fronts for a two month engagement at Central Library’s gallery space. Prior to the closing of the Old Fayette County Courthouse, this exhibit opened on the eve of Pearl Harbor’s 70th anniversary. Salute will run Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Sunday, March 29, 2015 and will be a stop on the March LexArts Hop. The exhibit will be open during library hours and is free and open to the public.

Learn how everyday Americans helped with the war effort, with rationing, victory gardens, war industries, and more. What was it like for soldiers to live through the intensity of battle and the long stretches of boredom away from home? What opportunities were there for women on the home front and abroad? On display will be the spoils of war that our soldiers, sailors, and airmen brought back home. The exhibit will also feature a Wall of Honor listing the names of those Kentuckians that gave their all to protect America and liberate the world.

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Left: Longtime Lexington History Museum volunteer Lieutenant Virginia Lee Overstreet (1920-2012)served as an assistant recruiting officer of the Atlanta office of the WAAC (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp).

Right: Lee observing the exhibit before the closing of the Old Fayette County Courthouse. She passed away in 2012.

“We hope to show how this event really defined a generation, how people coped and how their outlook changed, all coming out of this period of war,” said Debra Watkins, who is curating the exhibit. “The whole country was at war. You were doing scrap drives; you were buying war bonds; you were donating to the Red Cross. Every single American was involved.”

The Lexington History Museum opened in 2003 as the city’s only free historic site with the mission to engage all citizens of Lexington and the State of Kentucky in their history. Currently a museum without walls, LexHistory continues to engage the public through dynamic programming, lectures, walking tours, and online offerings such as WikiLex and The Athens of the West blog. 2014 was the organization’s best year, serving over 17,000 through outreach, school programs, and events.

LexHistory is a new and markedly different chapter for the former Lexington History Museum. Administrative offices are located in The Square in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit http://www.LexHistory.org.
CONTACT:
Debra Watkins, Director
(859) 907-9585 (office)
debra@lexhistory.org

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LexHistory Announces Annual Fundraising Gala – Time Travelers’ Ball

LexHistory Announces New Spring Gala Fundraiser
Time Travelers’ Ball to Benefit Museum’s Exhibitions and Programs

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2014

Lexington, KY — LexHistory, formerly known as Lexington History Museum, is pleased to announce the creation of a new gala event, the Time Travelers’ Ball, to be held annually in the spring as a fundraiser for the museum and its exhibitions and programs. The inaugural gala will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015. The Time Travelers’ Ball is a unique event in which the historical theme will change annually. The theme for 2015 is The Roaring Twenties.

In the past, a LexHistory fundraiser had been held at the Old Fayette County Courthouse. Belle’s Ball was held for several years before the building was closed. This new event will be much grander than anything the organization has undertaken. It is part of an initiative to create dynamic programming which helps to fulfill the museum’s mission of engaging the public in Lexington’s rich history. We are confident that it will become one of the landmark events in Lexington.

On Friday, March 6, 2015, LexHistory will turn The Club at Spindletop Hall into a Prohibition-era speakeasy for the Time Travelers’ Ball. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks are on the menu, as is dancing, an auction, and live music. There will be plenty of fun activities at this event! Go get your flapper dresses and shine up your oxfords because The Hepcats Swing Dance Club will be on hand as dance instructors and will help judge the Charleston contest. And what would a speakeasy be without gambling?

In addition, join LexHistory in honoring two longtime board members who were instrumental in the success of the organization and whose influence is still felt today: Isabel Yates and the late Robert “Bob” Brewer. Time Travelers’ Ball will include a presentation honoring them and their service to Lexington History Museum.

Tickets for the Time Travelers’ Ball will be available December 2014. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information please contact Director Debra Watkins at (859) 907-9585 or by email debra@lexhistory.org or Manager of Development and Community Engagement Natasha Collier by emailing natasha@lexhistory.org.

The Lexington History Museum opened in 2003 as the city’s only free historic site with the mission to engage all citizens of Lexington and the State of Kentucky in their history. Currently a museum without walls, LexHistory continues to engage the public through dynamic programming, lectures, walking tours, and online offerings such as WikiLex and The Athens of the West blog.

LexHistory is a new and markedly different chapter for the former Lexington History Museum. Administrative offices are located in Victorian Square in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit http://www.LexHistory.org.