The printed LexHistory Summer 2019 newsletter was released. Topics include information on the exhibit "Our Fair City: The 1999 Lexington Fairness Exhibit," on display from June 17-July 19, 2019 in the Gallery, Lexington Public Library Central Library, 140 East Main St. during regular library hours. The exhibit is a collaboration among LexHistory, the Lexington Public Library, Faulkner Morgan Archive and Lexington Fairness. It's made possible with support from JustFundKY, the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund and Allegra Print & Imaging. LexHistory Talks! programs in conjuction with the exhibit will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday, June 23, and Sunday, July 7, in the Farish Theater, also in the Lexington Public Library Central Library. Additional articles in the newsletter: A look at LexHistory Talks! Speaker series now in its third year; new book by LexHistory president looks at horse racing in Kentucky, and a preview of the Kentucky...

MARCH 5, 2018-- 

President and Chief Historian of the Lexington History Museum, Foster Ockerman Jr, stopped by the Community Radio's show Bluegrass Bios to talk with Chuck Clenney about the current renovation of the 1898 Fayette County Courthouse, the pursuit of a home for the Lexington History Museum, the history of Lexington street names, and his upcoming book on the history of horse racing in the Bluegrass!



Well, it’s official—like the mythical phoenix we have truly risen from the ashes. At least that is what Commerce Lexington announced when it selected Lexington History Museum, Inc. (LexHistory) as the recipient of its Phoenix Award. The award letter said:

The Phoenix Award:…[is] given to those individuals (business owners, volunteers and public officials) whose efforts and contributions have enabled their businesses or communities to recover successfully from a disaster, natural, economic or man-made. The company must have endured a uniquely challenging circumstance or natural disaster and successfully emerged from it stronger and poised for growth in order to qualify for this award. Additional criteria include extent of damage incurred, effort exerted to recover and growth since recovery.

Although this category was created in 2010, we are only the 4th recipient of this award. We accepted the award at a banquet sponsored by Forcht...

Great article by reporter Beth Musgrave in the May 29, 2017, Lexington Herald-Leader, titled "Where's Lexington's history: In 300 Boxes in three locations. Also online." Information on the history and the current activities of LexHistory, with a look toward the future. The Lexington History Museum is believed to be the first museum in the state to use virtual technology to record exhibits during the bi-monthly LexArts Gallery HOPs, creating a growing gallery of displays you can tour online. Click here for more information and links to the Virutal Museum tours. The next Gallery HOP is July 21, 2017, focusing on the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project.

The photo shown is of Laura Glasscock and her son Lewis taken during the May 2017 Gallery HOP...

Foster Ockerman, Jr., chief historian and president of the Lexington History Museum, provided an update on the organization's activities and plans to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council General Government and Social Services Committee on May 2, 2017. The report includes a brief history and updates on current activites, which include the latest addition, virtual online exhibits using 3D technology. Click HERE to watch the presentation. You can choose the "Lexington HIstory Museum" from the index to start with Ockerman's presentation, which lasts about 12 minutes. 

This article and video, "Dressing Lexington's Most Notorious Madam," from the University of Kentucky' UK Now in Feb. 2017, details the design and creation of costumes by Nelson Fields, costume designer and UK associate professor, for the new documentary, "Belle Brezing & the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass." Fields also served as an associate producer for the one-hour documentary. Doug High is the executive producer and director of the new production, which will premiere Feb. 16, 2017, at the Kentucky Theater. Several of the dresses Fields designed and created or modifed for Belle Brezing will be on display in the Kentucy Theatre lobby in advance of the 7:30 p.m. premiere. Tickets are $8 and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at or during...

On Sale Now!

The Lexington History Museum is now accepting orders for Historic Lexington, Heart of the Bluegrass, by Foster Ockerman, Jr.  Historic Lexington, Heart of the Bluegrass is an illustrated narrative history. The retail price of this amazing book is now just $25. If you would like to purchase a copy please email