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WKU Library Special Collections - Online Exhibits

The Kentucky Museum, on WKU's campus, houses history, arts & culture, with an outstanding quilt and textile collection, extensive archeological and ethnic holdings, also fine and decorative arts.

Library Special Collections (DLSC) is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Kentucky's cultural heritage. It also strives to conserve other rare materials which may enrich original scholarly research efforts. The unit is made up of Kentucky Library, Manuscripts & Folklife Archives and WKU Archives.

Changing galleries display a variety of themes, with community exhibitions, university-class designed and installed exhibitions. Companion online exhibits are created in order to capture and share those exhibition experiences.

The complementary resources and services of all areas provide researchers, scholars, and visitors with broad-based overview of Kentucky's history, culture, and people.


Cherry Statue Time CapsuleSee copies of the documents and photographs placed in the bronze box beneath the base of Henry Cherry's statue in November 1937.  They honor the man behind WKU and the faculty, students, alumni and citizens who paid for the statue. 

Finding Our Way: Maps & Mapmaking - Our cultural and physical geography is showcased by mapmakers through county land ownership, large-scale topographic and thematic maps, and other maps that portray a geographic area at a particular point in time. Mapmaking is the story of heroes and everyday routines. They are tools and yet many are works of art.

Gemini Jazz BandsThe Gemini Jazz Bands were created by David "Doc" Livingston while teaching at Western Kentucky University. The bands: Gemini 14, Gemini 15, Gemini 75, Gemini 77 and Gemini 79 performed for U.S. military through USO shows in the Caribbean, Europe and the far east. See publicity photos, concert reviews and objects used by the band members. 

Get on the Bus: 40 Years of Political Activism 1968-2008 - a special traveling exhibit built into a school bus to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.  A great collaborative effort of the Kentucky Museum in conjunction with the Art Department, Master Plan and Kaleidoscope.

Historic Schools of Warren County, Kentucky - Online exhibit of Warren County school images drawn from photograph, map and book collections housed in the Library Special Collections.

Playing Our Song: Southern Kentucky Notes - Southern Kentuckians love music! From the amateur playing his Hawaiian steel guitar to the singers and bands that have put WKU on the map, this region's Musical heritage is rich. Whether you like Country, Classical, Rap or Rock, you will find that Southern Kentuckians are indeed playing your song.

P.S. I Love You: Hilltoppers Quartet - large exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hilltoppers recording of Trying in Van Meter. Hall.

Somethnig Called Horsepower: History of Transportation - online component of the Kentucky archives month exhibit based on the theme of transportation.  Includes images, maps, documents related to transportation as well as toys depicting various modes of transportation. 

Training School / College High Exhibit - small exhibit currently housed in the College High building commemorating the history of the training school.

WKU Centennial - a behind the scenes look at the creation of WKU's centennial exhibit.

WKU Founders Day - exhibit honoring the 150th birthday of WKU Founder Henry Cherry as well as other founders.

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 Last Modified 10/5/16