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Special Collections Open House Offers Ice Cream Served with a Side of Nostalgia


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — As part of the welcome back events offered to students during the first day of classes, the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center will host an open house featuring free ice cream bars and popsicles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the foyer of the Margaret I. King Library. The open house and corresponding exhibit, featuring historic images of Lexington, are free and open to the public.  

The open house will coincide with the unveiling of the current exhibition "UK Stomping Grounds: Lexington Then and Now," a collection of historic photographs and postcards featuring well-known Lexington hangouts, restaurants, shopping locations and landmarks, each paired with a current street view.

"UK Stomping Grounds" provides a unique perspective on how the area near UK's campus and Lexington have changed through the years, along with a glimpse of many beloved historic buildings that still fill the landscape. Photographs of downtown, West Sixth, Limestone, and Woodland Avenue stand out in the exhibit, as well as places now known as Joe Bologna's, Parlay Social and the Lexington Opera House.

The exhibition will remain on display through early October. The King Library is open to the public 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 and the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection. The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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