FRANKFORT, KY (Friday, November 30, 2007) - The Beshear/Mongiardo Inauguration will be celebrated with a day at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Its museums and exhibitions are open to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m-6 p.m. on Inauguration Day, December 11th. Special programming will begin at noon and continue through the afternoon.
Visitors can participate in gallery tours, children's programs, museum theatre performances and music and food that honor the stories and legacies of Kentuckians who have made the Commonwealth their home. Additionally, a special multi-media presentation featuring historical photographs from past inaugurations will continuously play.
Tours of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History's $2.8 million
permanent exhibit, A Kentucky Journey, will be conducted. The exhibit
includes more than 3,000 historic artifacts, sights and sounds to bring the state's glorious past to life. This chronological walk through time boasts life-size environments, state-of-the art technology and 14 interactive displays.
The Kentucky Historical Society's newest exhibition, Our New Kentucky Home: Immigrant Experiences, provides perspective on why new Kentuckians of all eras have uprooted established lives to embark on uncertain futures.
After the parade and swearing-in ceremony on the 11th, Kentucky musicians will welcome Governor Beshear and Lt. Governor Mongiardo and kick-off the public reception hosted by Frankfort citizens from 4-5:30 p.m. Hazard Community College Bluegrass Music School, along with Bobby Osborne of the Osborne Brothers, First United Methodist Church Madrigal Singers, Frankfort's Western Hills High School Chorale, Franklin County High School Chorus and Don and Sylvia Coffey with Mink Run Consort are among the scheduled performers.
"We extend an invitation to all Kentuckians to join us in celebrating our
shared history and heritage at the Thomas D. Clark Kentucky History Center where we will pause to remember the past and look ahead to the future of our state," said Governor-Elect Beshear.
A shuttle service and ample parking will provide guests with convenient
transportation options for the Inaugural Parade and the Inauguration
ceremony at the Capitol. Buses will run from the Human Resources Building at 275 E. Main St. to the Capitol area from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Parking is also available in the downtown Frankfort area for the parade.
Very limited street parking will be available in the south Frankfort area
around the Capitol.