Monday, August 22, 2016

UK Libraries’ invites campus on ‘Road Trip’ through time

With UK students returning for the fall semester from all over the commonwealth, the country and the world, a new free public exhibition on various journeys through the Bluegrass can help students familiarize themselves with their old Kentucky home. UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center will open “Road Trip!,” a show featuring archival photographs, historic maps and postcards, with an open house featuring free ice cream and giveaways from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, in the foyer of the Margaret I. King Library Building. 

“Road Trip!” includes scenes from Lexington and the Bluegrass that illustrate the evolution of transportation and the ways in which journeys have changed over time. The campus community can see fascinating examples of streetcars, trains, airplanes, horse and carriages, motorcycles and more. Historical scenes from around campus and the city will allow viewers to see how much these have changed over time. In addition, students to the exhibit are asked to pin a map at the exhibition to show how far they have traveled on their journey to Lexington.

The exhibition, which is open to the public, will remain on display through September. It can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For more information on “Road Trip!” contact Matthew Strandmark, education archivist at Special Collections, 859-257-1941 or

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