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Smithsonian exhibit visiting Somerset

A major exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution is displayed in Somerset.

Journey Stories explores the mobile nature of Americanswhy we move, how we move, and what that says about us. The traveling exhibition will be on display at the Carnegie Community Arts Center from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, October 14.

In conjunction with the exhibit, events are also scheduled at the Pulaski County Public Library.

Everyone interested in how this area and our country arrived at where we are today will enjoy this exhibit, said Donna Eastham, coordinator of the program and an instructor at Somerset Community College. South Central Kentucky is fortunate to have been selected to sponsor this exhibit.

The exhibition will visit up to 30 states and 180 communities through 2015. Somerset is only the third location in Kentucky to have been selected for the display. Bringing Journey Stories here is a joint effort between several groups and institutions, Eastham said.

Partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to sponsor the exhibit are the Kentucky Humanities Council, Somerset Community College, Carnegie Community Arts Center, Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Cornelia Dozier Cooper Endowment Fund, Pulaski County Schools, and Somerset - Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Alongside the Smithsonian images, stories and displays will be several local exhibits. The Somerset High School AP American History class, taught by Craig Eastham, will have an exhibit, as well as the Sociology 101 classes at Somerset Community College taught by Assistant Professor, Aaron Bradley. The Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum will also have a display.

While there will be a $2.00 charge for regular visitors to the exhibit, there will be no charge for students. Area school groups interested in attending the exhibit should contact Eastham at donna.eastham@kctcs.edu to schedule a date and time for their visit.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center is located on Main Street in downtown Somerset (in the old Pulaski Public Library building) and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other events to be held in conjunction with the Journey Stories exhibit include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 1:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center
    Johnny Green An Orphans Survival Chautauqua performance. Greens personal story of the Civil War was detailed in a journal written for his daughters. Green left his job in Florence, Alabama to travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to join the Confederacy on the day before his 20th birthday. This journal is said to provide extraordinary accounts of courage and bravery, and brings the story of the Orphan Brigade to life.
  • Monday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Center
    Scott New performs as Daniel Boone as part of The Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua Program. Neither a backwoods bumpkin nor an epic slayer of Indians, Boone was an intrepid explorer and natural leader whose actual exploits amply justify his larger-than-life reputation.
  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m. at the Pulaski County Public Library
    Nationally recognized poet Frank X Walker will speak. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art amp; Culture. Walkers poems have been converted into a stage production by the University of Kentucky Theatre department. His poems are anthologized in The Appalachian Journal, Limestone, Roundtable, and My Brothers Keeper.

For more information on the exhibit, visit www.journeystories.org/about. To schedule a group, contact Donna Eastham at donna.eastham@kctcs.edu.