This Day in History – September 30

This Day in History – September 30

RADM_James_E._JouettOn September 30, 1902, James Jouett, who served in the Mexican-American War and Civil War, passed away in his Maryland home. Jouett was born February 7, 1826, near Lexington, Kentucky, the son of portrait artist Matthew Harris Jouett and grandson of Revolutionary War hero Jack Jouett, whose home is located in Woodford County.

Jouett was a naval officer, seeing blockade duty during the Mexican American War. He also was aboard a ship that accompanied Commodore Matthew Perry’s fleet during the expedition to open Japan up to the Western world. Perry’s first visit was made in 1852 and the second in 1854.

Following capture by the Confederate army at Pensacola, Florida early on in the Civil War, Jouett joined his Union comrades in the blockading forces at Galveston, Texas, distinguishing himself during the night of 7/8 November 1861 in the capture and destruction of Confederate schooner Royal Yacht, while serving on USS Santee.James_jouett_trenton_1886

His exploits included the capture of several blockade runners and command of the fast gunboat Metacomet under David G. Farragut at Mobile Bay. After the war Jouett held several shore assignments; at sea his highest post was command of the North Atlantic Squadron from 1884 to 1886.

He was promoted to captain in 1874, commodore in 1883, and rear admiral in 1886. Jouett retired in 1890. He lived the remainder of his days at “The Anchorage” in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Jouett was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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.

Schedule of Events for Scary Night at the Museum

The time is here, Scary Night at the Museum is less than 24 hours away! We’re so excited with all of the buzz surrounding the event, that we thought it would be best if we went ahead and let everyone know what will be going on the night of October 23.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and Scary Night will begin. Please use the Short Street entrance (back of museum). Don’t know where the Lexington History Museum is located? 215 W Main St in the Old Fayette County Courthouse. The museum is bounded by Short, Upper, Main, and Cheapside Park.

Continuous activities on the 3rd Floor 6-9 P.M. –

2nd Floor
Haunted Museum! Come see the Ghosts of the Old Fayette County Courthouse as they chill you to the bone. Small children and anyone who does not like to be scared are asked to not participate in the Haunted Museum as there are thematic elements which may  be too scary for kids. The Haunted Museum will not run during the costume contest (7-8).

Clay-Davis Gallery Reception Room
Crafts
Games
Guest tables: Fayette County Cememtery Trust, Ghost Chasers International, The ScareFest, Apex Publications Owner Jason Sizemore and Editor Mari Adkins

Third Floor Hallway
Food from Papa John’s Pizza, Babycakes Cupcakes, Ale-8-One Bottling Company

Schedule of events for Original 1900 Courtroom
6:15: Mock Witch Trial

6:30: Storytelling with Octavia Sexton

7:00 – 8:00: Costume contest, Judges: Dr. Nick Couns, Mick Jeffries, Ide Bouldin
If you wish to participate in the Costume Contest, you must register at the desk at the Short Street Entrance. A form will be provided for you to put your Name, Age, and the Concept for your costume. Please be at the museum no later than 6:45.

8:00: Mock Witch Trial

8:30: Storytelling with Octavia Sexton

Thank you to all of the local businesses who have shown us SO much support: Ghost Chasers International, The Scarefest, Holiday Inn North, J. Peterman Company, Babycakes Cupcakes, Ale-8-One Bottling Company

If you have any questions about Scary Night please call the Museum at (859) 254-0530.

Ghosts of Lexington’s history will haunt Old Fayette County Courthouse on October 23

Something goes bump in the night in the Old Fayette County Courthouse, home of the Lexington History Museum. Only one night of the year do the spirits of dearly (and not so dearly) departed Lexingtonians and historic figures come back to walk its hallowed halls. On October 23 from 6 – 9 pm, visitors to the Lexington History Museum’s Scary Night at the Museum will be chilled to the bone and will witness terrors beyond their imagination. For those who do not like to be scared, a free community fall festival on the museum’s third floor will provide thrills without the chills.

The ghosts in the Haunted Museum are based on real people and the volunteers portraying them reveal Lexington and Kentucky’s haunted past. Students from Henry Clay High School, SCAPA, Transylvania University, and the University of Kentucky will be doing the scaring. Some apparitions are rumored to be Bonnie and Clyde, who committed a robbery in Western KY, Native American, and zombies from the Lexington Cemetery. This year, there is a new addition to Scary Night in the form of a mock trial of women tried for witchcraft in 1800s rural Kentucky. It is a fictional account based on oral history of witch burnings in Kentucky and the grand jury trial of a woman in Owen County for witchcraft. Visitors to the museum will be able to hear the defense and prosecution present the case and it will be their job to reach a verdict. The sentence for the woman on trial? She will burn at the stake. Mwahahahahahaha.

Back for 2010 is Appalachian storyteller Octavia Sexton who will tell her “haint” tales to those brave enough to listen. Many of her stories are passed down from generation and are derived from European, African and Native American stories, though some are from her own creation. Learn more about Octavia Sexton by visiting her website.

Also on the third floor, there will be representatives from the Fayette County Cemetery Trust with information about their programs. Kentucky author Mari Adkins will be signing copies of her anthology Harlan County Horrors. Representatives from The ScareFest, the largest horror and paranormal convention in the Southeast US will be around so you can learn more about the convention.

There will be crafts and games for children of all ages along with food from local restaurants. The costume contest will be early in the event so children aren’t up too late. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in categories Children 0 – 3, Children 4 – 10, Teens 11 – 18 and Adults 18+ and have been donated by local businesses.

And the best part of it all? Scary Night at the Museum is free!

For questions about Scary Night at the Museum please contact Museum Assistant Natasha Collier by email tashalee09@gmail.com or by phone (859) 254-0530.

Scary Night at the Museum
Lexington History Museum
October 23, 2010
6 – 9 pm

Costume contest, haunted museum, games, crafts, food, mock trial.

Special thanks to BabyCakes Cupcakes, J. Peterman Company, Lexmark Corporation, The ScareFest, Chuck and Patti Starr, Ghost Chasers International, Ale-8-One and Holiday Inn North for their partnership!

Changes coming to the Lexington History Museum

In the quarterly print edition of The Bluegrass Historian this month, a major change was announced concerning new admissions procedures at the Lexington History Museum. As of September 25, 2010, all visitors will be charged an admission fee. At the June board of trustees meeting, members voted to approve the admission charge in light of the museum’s budget. After the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the admission policy will change again to offer free admission to Fayette County residents.

The admission changes also bring about changes in entering and exiting the Old Fayette County Courhouse which houses the Lexington History Museum. As of September 25, point of entry will be the Short Street entrance. The Main Street entrance will be permanently closed and signage will be placed accordingly.

After the Games close on October 10, Fayette County residents will be admitted at no charge upon presenting proof of residence (driver’s license, student ID, check, library card, etc.) The change in policy is because of projected budget deficits, but still remains in keeping with the spirit of Dr. Thomas D. Clark’s vision that local residents should not have to pay to learn about their heritage. The decision to charge admission to non-residents is supported by Dr. Clark’s widow.

Museum President and CEO had this to say about the impending changes:

The Museum receives no public operating funds, although the building is maintained at a minimum by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The Museum operating expenses are totally dependent on private donations, such as the impending admissions costs.

The cost will be $5 for Adults and Children over 12, $3 for Children 6-11. Children 5 and under will be free. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards will be accepted at both the admissions desk and in the gift shop. The three other History Center museums Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, Pharmacy Museum and Public Safety Museum will remain free to the public.

For questions regarding these changes, please contact Museum President and CEO Jamie Millard by email jamie@lexingtonhistorymuseum.org or by phone (859) 254-0530.

Located at 215 W. Main St in Downtown Lexington, KY, the Lexington History Museum is open seven days a week 12-4 with extended hours on Saturday 10-4. During the World Equestrian Games, the hours will be extended to fit with the Spotlight Lexington events downtown. The new hours will be Sunday through Friday 10-6 with hours of 10-6 on Saturday. Following the close of the games, the museum will revert to its Friday through Monday schedule.

The Lexington History Museum engages all people in discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, KY and the Bluegrass region.

“Hands on History” Summer Day Camp mixes fun and learning!

The school year is drawing to a close and that means it is time to figure out what to do with the kids this summer. The Lexington History Museum is sponsoring 3 week-long summer day camp sessions for children of all ages. The camp mixes hands-on activities, walking tour of Lexington, trips to other historic sites and behind the scenes fun at the museum. Kids will play Native American games, explore life as a Pioneer, find out how Lexington was divided during the Civil War and create their own exhibit!

Three sessions will be held daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.: June 21- 25
July 05 – 09
July 12 – 16

Ages listed on the promotional material specify children 6 – 10, but we welcome children of all ages with a desire to learn about the history of Kentucky and Lexington!

Topics for the camp include: Native Americans in Kentucky, Lexington’s Pioneer Heritage, Abraham Lincoln and His Wife’s Hometown, Civil War Lexington, and Behind the Scenes of the Lexington History Museum.

Important Information about the Camp:

  • Each camp session costs $183 per camper
  • Cost includes all materials and any outside attraction admission charges.
  • Lunch is not included in the camp fee. (Campers should bring a bagged lunch printed with his/her name and a soft drink. There is access to a refrigerator to keep lunches cool.
  • Camps sessions are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers are expected to be dropped off and picked up on time.
  • Late pick up at 5 p.m. is available for $25 per camper, per session.
  • Activities are in the Museum Center building, on the Court Square, or within short walking distance of the Museum

Payment is due the Monday before the desired session begins. Financial assistance is available for those in need.

Stop by the museum for a registration form or email lexhistorymuseum@yahoo.com for a pdf version!

Lexington History Museum to participate in BGT Sunday Stroll

Sundays are generally a great day to get out and take a walk around Lexington. Today is no exception as the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation sponsors a “Sunday Stroll” with 8 open historic sites. Put on your walking shoes and head to Gratz Park where the stroll will begin. Refreshments and a music ensemble are to be found at the Bodley-Bullock House at 200 Market St. Just across Gratz Park, the Hunt Morgan House will be open as well.

The Sunday Stroll is a free way to get out and see important historic sites in Lexington. While the Lexington History Museum is always free, we will be giving a 10% Discount in the Court Square Trader Museum store during the event. Visitors must mention the Sunday Stroll to receive the discount.

The evening culminates at Christ Church Cathedral for an organ concert and Evensong beginning at 4:30. The Lexington History Museum will be open until its normal time of 4 p.m. so be sure to check it out!

Open sites include:

1.  Hunt Morgan House & garden  (Blue Grass Trust)
201 North Mill St.

2.  Old Morrison, Transylvania University; Patterson Cabin is on the grounds
West Third St.

3.  Bodley Bullock house & garden (Lexington Junior League)
200 Market St.

4.  Christ Church Cathedral, Art Gallery & Garden;  Organ Concert & Evensong
166 Market St.

5.  Henry Clay Law Office (The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship)
176 North Mill St.

6.  First Presbyterian Church
174 North Mill St.

7.  Lexington History Museum (Old Fayette County Courthouse)
215 West Main St. (Main at Upper; open ’till 4 PM)

Additionally, Pope Villa, 326 Grosvener Ave., a restoration in progress by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation will be open for free tours conducted by historic preservation specialists.