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Photo by Cheryl Kirby-Stokes 

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture

Front Lawn


 October 19

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series and Kentucky Museum host award winning artist Patrick Dougherty in October 2018 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green, Ky. Highbrow was completed on October 19th.

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POW Exhibit prints

Process Oriented Works
Through February 8, 2019 & May 13 - January 2020

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The Essential Tree

 The Essential Tree
Community Gallery

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Bosnian flier

A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green
 September 30, 2017 - May 11, 2019

This exhibit is in partnership with the Kentucky Folklife Program's Bowling Green Bosnia Oral History Project, and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. 

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Kentucky Sun Quilt

Kaleidoscope: Kentucky Museum Quilts
Richardson Quilt Gallery

January 22 - December 15, 2018

Kaleidoscope showcases thirty rarely seen or previously unseen quilts from the Museum collection. Made in twenty-eight different patterns, they range in age from the 1820s through the 1970s.

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Museum Courtyard exhibit

HAD  Artist Collective Murals

Anel Lepić and Muhamed “Hamo” Bešlagic, two HAD Collective artists from Bosnia, carved murals in the Kentucky Museum courtyard. Letić and Bešlagić specialize in the wall cut technique to create their murals. The murals were unveiled Friday, March 2.

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Felts Log House

Felts Log House

This 1815 log house is a classic example of traditional Kentucky architecture. The double-pen, two story structure with its dog-trot floor plan and poplar, oak, and walnut construction are typical of the folk architecture of the region. The structure interprets life in rural south central Kentucky in the eighteen-teens.

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Civil War Exhibit

 A Star In Each Flag:

Conflict in Kentucky

The Civil War, 1861-1865, split the nation apart along the lines of slavery. Kentucky, a southern state with strong ties to north and south, was caught in the middle. This wonderful interactive exhibit explores the Civil War in Kentucky.

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Snell-Franklin decorative arts gallery

Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects in this exhibition are all related to Kentucky in some way. Furniture is displayed in relation to time and style with silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and anthropological items, which were used to decorate homes at different periods in history.

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Duncan Hines exhibit

Recommended by Duncan Hines

Featuring the life and work of the Bowling Green native, this collection of artifacts includes an outstanding collection from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Visitors will learn about Hines’ career as a writer on travel, dining and entertaining, as well as his transition to a "name brand" icon and pioneer in the world of packaged food.

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 L. Y. Lancaster Gun Collection

 Thirteen guns in two cases tell the story of how a hobby can make a person an authority. Dr. L. Y. Lancaster (1893-1980), best known as a professor of biological sciences and a mentor of pre-med students at Western Kentucky University for 37 years, collected and restored 19th flintlock and percussion lock long rifles. The earliest dated gun in the case is a flintlock from the late 1820s. For many Kentuckians, this case provides their first look at a double barrel shotgun.


 Hascal Haile: Guitar-maker to the Stars

 Monroe County, Kentucky native Hascal "Hack" Haile (1906-1986) began making guitars professionally in the late 1960s. A lifelong musician, he made guitars for classical artists and country musicians alike. This exhibition case features two of Haile's guitars; an acoustic folk guitar (1983) and a solid body amplified acoustic guitar (1982). Haile received national attention when in 1980 the Smithsonian Institution accepted one of his guitars for its Hall of Musical Instruments and President Jimmy Carter received him at the White House.


Taking the Mystery Out of Prehistory

Long before the first written history in Kentucky, people lived and hunted there. This small exhibit identifies tools, cooking utensils, and ornaments made and used by prehistoric Kentuckians. Ordinary and unusual objects of stone, bone, pottery, and fiber are included and a special display of projectile points identifies spear and arrow tips that span 10,000 years of Kentucky prehistory.



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