Bluegrass Heritage Museum, Winchester Kentucky

Amid all the hus­tle and bus­tle of the hol­i­day sea­son, Clark Countians might want to slow down a bit and enjoy some of the pro­grams being offered up in December at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, right here in Winchester.

Housed in the his­toric Guerrant Clinic build­ing on South Main Street, the Bluegrass Heritage Museum cov­ers the his­to­ry of Bluegrass peo­ple and places from the Eskippakithiki Indian set­tle­ments to the mod­ern era. 

The muse­um is a won­der­ful des­ti­na­tion any­time, but the hol­i­days are an espe­cial­ly good time to vis­it. The facil­i­ty is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., except for Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The gift shop is a great place to find gifts for fam­i­ly and friends, and the exhibits are among the best in Central Kentucky.

Upcoming events

The “Second Thursday” events are a reg­u­lar fea­ture of the muse­um. These are held at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the pub­lic. They even serve refreshments!

In December, the event has been moved to the third Thursday, Dec. 16. It will fea­ture a pre­sen­ta­tion from Eddie Price, a reg­u­lar guest at the muse­um, who will talk about “Christmas in the American Colonies.”

The annu­al “Deck the Halls” con­test is under­way now through Dec. 16. Various com­mu­ni­ty groups and indi­vid­u­als are fill­ing the muse­um with beau­ti­ful hol­i­day wreaths and trees. Visitors are invit­ed to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. Stop by for your dose of hol­i­day cheer!

Last (but not least), a new book has been released by the muse­um. Clark County Chronicles is a ful­ly indexed col­lec­tion of his­tor­i­cal arti­cles which were pub­lished a cen­tu­ry ago in The Winchester Sun. The book is edit­ed by Rosemary Campbell with addi­tion­al notes by his­to­ri­an Kathryn Owen. This would make a fine gift for the local his­to­ry lover on your list, or for any­one inter­est­ed in the his­to­ry of our community. 

The book is avail­able in the muse­um gift shop or online at www.bgheritage.com.

By the way, the muse­um’s web­site is an amaz­ing resource itself. There are exten­sive pho­tos of all the exhib­it rooms, online doc­u­ments, and a series of his­tor­i­cal videos called Winchester Stories. There’s a large sec­tion devot­ed to Black his­to­ry in Clark County. There’s even an online store.

Supporting the museum

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that depends on vol­un­teers and finan­cial sup­port from the com­mu­ni­ty. Memberships help to sus­tain the orga­ni­za­tion, but one of the pri­ma­ry sources of oper­at­ing rev­enue comes from grants and dona­tions through the annu­al com­mu­ni­ty “Good Giving Challenge.” For infor­ma­tion about par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s cam­paign to help sup­port the muse­um as well as any of 28 oth­er Clark County orga­ni­za­tions, vis­it www.bggives.org between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at pete@wincitynews.org.