02-27-2012

'Women in Basketball' exhibit opens March 10 at Frankfort's Kentucky History Society

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Historical Society will reopen its history campus to walk-in visitors on Saturday, March 10, with a new exhibition, “Women in Basketball,” in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The KHS history campus also includes the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. The Clark Center is located on Broadway in downtown Frankfort.

“Women in Basketball” is presented in conjunction with the Frankfort Convention Center, in honor of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Basketball Tournament, held this year March 14-20 in Frankfort.

The exhibition features stories of women who influenced the game of basketball from its start in 1891 to today. Visitors will have a chance to shoot some hoops as women did in 1900, then compare that to modern rules and equipment.

Visitors who bring a ticket stub from the NAIA Tournament will receive a 25 percent discount off regular admission to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History through the month of March, according to a KHS press release.

Beginning March 10, the KHS history campus will resume its regular public hours of operation (Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Over the winter season, KHS staff focused on collections management and updating online databases. Library staff successfully completed a major cataloging project of all 5,766 rolls of microfilm representing county records, church records and manuscript collections; and museum collections staff brought the total number of records in the KHS Objects Catalog (www.history.ky.gov/objects) to over 5,000.

The “Women in Basketball” exhibition is a “Let’s Move: Museums and Gardens” event, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute for Museums and Libraries. For more information on “Let’s Move,” visit www.letsmove.gov.

For more information about KHS, its exhibitions and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.