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Terra Cotta Restoration Campaign

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Feb. 7, 2-4PM The Heart of a Town: The Main Streets of Bourbon County

Exhibit Opening. This exhibit features the history of businesses and life on main streets in Paris, North Middletown, and Millersburg. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Paris Main Street Program. On display through June 5th.


February is Black History Month at the museum and Paris-Bourbon County Library.

  • Sat. Feb. 6 2:00-3:00 PM First Saturday Family Hour: Create a paper mosaic in response to the Smithsonian Poster Exhibit “Choosing to Participate” in the Hopewell Museum community room. Free for children and their families.
  • New Temporary Exhibit of African American Doll Collection from the KY Doll and Toy Museum in Carlisle, KY at the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library beginning Feb. 11th
  • Thurs. Feb. 18 4:00 PM Hidden Histories: Special guest speaker Lindrell Blackwell will share stories of African Americans who shaped Paris-Bourbon County history, and will share strategies for searching out memorable characters in your own family tree. This activity is for ages 12-up. This program will take place in the Paris Bourbon County Library Community Room.
  • Thurs. Feb. 25 4:00 PM Cooking Up History: Stir up some forgotten history as special guest speaker Sharon Fields teaches us how to bake a traditional Emancipation Day cake while sharing the story of the Emancipation Day festivals. This program is open to all teens. This program will take place in the Paris Bourbon County Library Community Room.
  • Sat. Feb. 27 2:00 PM Lecture & Book Signing: Dr. Karen Cotton McDaniel, co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia will be at the Hopewell Museum to discuss developing the encyclopedia and its relevance for Bourbon County history.
  • New Temporary Exhibit of Paris Elementary School Winners for Black History Month Art Project on display at the Hopewell Museum March 1st—March 4th