The LexHistory engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.
The Lexington History Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky. and the Bluegrass Region. Incorporated in 2000, the Lexington History Museum, Inc. opened in the former Fayette County Courthouse in October 2003 in a partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.
After nine successful years in the Old Fayette County Courthouse, the building was closed to undergo renovations, a process which could take years. We are working closely with LFUCG to assist in the revocation of the Old Fayette County Courthouse.
We are currently in the process of rejuvenating ourselves. We have taken a new name LexHistory. We have committed ourselves to better serving our public's needs through new inventive programming, expanding our educational outreach programs, including extending our reach beyond Fayette County. We will continue to offer exhibits to the public, through our pocket museum program and partnerships with other local institutions. We have also developed a new website with more information for teachers, virtual exhibits and the Wiki-Lex. We are also in the early planning stage of building a new home for LexHistory.
Not many museums survive the lost of their building. When the Old Courthouse was closed due to environment and other issues, it was quite a blow to us here at the museum. We have taken the last two years, while still providing educational programming and exhibits in partnership with other organizations, to really look at our future. We have taken the lessons of our past, what we did right and what we could have improved upon, what we learned from polling our community, and have put together a new game plan for the future. We are committed to the future! We are expanding our educational programming, working on exciting exhibits with partners like UK and the Lyric Theatre, and we are working on a new site for our museum that will combine all the wonderful artifacts in our collections with the 21st century technology that we had been lacking. It is our goal to make history come alive here in Lexington. Debra Watkins- Director
1.It is our goal to spread our love for Lexington's history to as many Lexingtonians and visitors as possible, through pocket and full scale exhibits, educational outreach and public programming
2. It is our goal impress on students the importance of history, and how history impacts and informs us today
1. We need to increase the number of programs offered by LexHistory to appeal to a large audience.
2. Increase our publicity for event, exhibits, and programs
We have a wonderful if small staff and volunteer group that go above and beyond to make even the most impossible ideas happen.
We have cut our operating budget by limited our overhead, to allow us to put more of our admittedly limited resources into our programming.
1. increased number of people served by our programming
2. increase the number of event , program and exhibit partners
We are partnering with UK and the Lyric Theatre for exhibits and Programming centered around the U.S. anniversary of WWI in 2017.
We are working on partnership opportunities with Waveland State Historic Site
Debra Watkins has a B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky. She has been with the museum 9 years, working her way up from Volunteer Coordinator to her present position
We are seeing a growing number of new teachers taking advantage of our programming.
We have seen the teachers come back to us year after year for these and new programs.
LexHistory is in a development period. We are working to expand out programming. Are goal is to have something for everyone. Expect to see our program options double over the next five years.
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