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A Hidden Gem – Harvest of History slated for Sept. 8-9

Pictured are Matt London (Cyrus Edwards), Todd Steenbergen (Franklin Gorin), LaVonna Willoughby (Esther Alexander Garrison), Jim Taylor (Henry Skeggs), Ben Rogers (Edmund Rogers). Allie was absent. (Hannah Boone Pennington)

Photos Characters – Reenactors

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The South Central Kentucky Cultural Center is often called “a hidden gem” by local visitors and tourists from across the country and even around the world.

Located just off the downtown square at 200 W. Water Street in Glasgow, the museum has three levels packed with local history. The SCKCC is dedicated to preserving and sharing the heritage of the geographic area known as “The Barrens” which includes Allen, Barren, Hart, Metcalfe, and Monroe.

Staffed mostly with volunteers, nearly all the exhibits include items that have been donated and used by residents of our 5-county region. This fact along with the contextual displays makes it unique.

Visitors can travel back in time to see the frontier era tools and firearms used by our ancestors as well as a log cabin and Native American artifacts. Other attractions include an extensive military exhibit, a one-room schoolhouse, and a depiction of a town square as it looked around the turn of the century.

The third floor opened last year and includes a rack-side barn, a tribute to our agricultural roots as well as mid-century “rooms” including a fall-out shelter.

Their vision is “Preserving the Past & Shaping the Future”. Besides preserving artifacts, the museum preserves photos, letters, maps, and other archives. It houses a Genealogy Library and volunteers assist with research requests. Outreach is a major focus for the museum as they partner with local schools, the Barren County Historical Society, the local DAR chapter, and other organizations. Student tours and annual events such as the Harvest of History are popular.

On September 8 and 9, SCKCC will present their annual Harvest of History fundraising tour.

Reenactors dressed in period costumes portray historic characters entertaining and teaching patrons by giving them a glimpse of our community’s past.

Harvest of History tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Cultural Center.

All tours begin at the museum and transportation is provided to the cemetery. Five tours are available this year (6PM, 6:30PM, 7PM, 7:30PM and 8PM). Buses will leave the museum promptly 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.  Each tour will last about one hour.

Since admission to the Cultural Center is free, SCKCC expresses extreme gratitude to the support they receive not only for this event, but also memberships, donations and many hours of volunteer service received. If you are interested in pursuing tickets, becoming a member, donating, or volunteering, contact them at 270-651-9792, PO Box 1714, Glasgow, KY 42142-1714.











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