The Exotic and Curious at Ashland: Kentucky University’s Natural History Museum

YOU ARE HERE -> 1860s-1870s After the Civil War Ashland was in the hands of the predecessor of the University of Kentucky: Kentucky University.  The estate was no longer a family home and farm, but instead a nascent college campus. SEE ALSO: Clay Family Loses Ashland, University of Kentucky Predecessor Moves In and Historic Homestead … More The Exotic and Curious at Ashland: Kentucky University’s Natural History Museum

Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s-1970s Unlike many historic house museums, the public display of Ashland’s collection began during the domestic life of the founder’s—Henry Clay’s—home some 150 years before.  The coexistence of home and museum actually has a long history at Ashland; exhibiting and interpreting artifacts for the public has been occurring for almost two … More Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s-1970s Unlike many historic house museums, the public display of Ashland’s collection got its start in the domestic realm of the founder’s—Henry Clay’s—home some 150 years before.  The coexistence of home and museum actually has a long history at Ashland; exhibiting and interpreting artifacts for the public has been occurring for … More Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s-1970s Unlike many historic house museums, the public display of Ashland’s collection got its start in the domestic realm of the founder’s—Henry Clay’s—home some 150 years before.  The coexistence of home and museum actually has a long history at Ashland; exhibiting and interpreting artifacts for the public has been occurring for … More Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

A Treasured Artifact: Clay’s Ghent Jacket

YOU ARE HERE -> 1814-today A fragile and precious artifact periodically makes its appearance at Ashland today: Henry Clay’s ceremonial jacket that he wore at the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.  Clay had been part of the American delegation sent to Belgium to negotiate a peace treaty with the British in 1814, which effectively … More A Treasured Artifact: Clay’s Ghent Jacket

Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s-1970s Unlike many historic house museums, the public display of Ashland’s collection got its start in the domestic realm of the founder’s—Henry Clay’s—home some 150 years before.  The coexistence of home and museum actually has a long history at Ashland; exhibiting and interpreting artifacts for the public has been occurring for … More Interpreting Henry Clay in a Charming Home Environment

Opening Day!

For this inaugural blog post, it is most befitting to feature Ashland’s inaugural day as a house museum!  YOU ARE HERE -> 1950 Ashland, the Henry Clay estate, has since the early nineteenth century been an important American historic site.  During Clay’s lifetime (1777-1852), the estate was often equated with the man and ‘Ashland’ became … More Opening Day!