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Celebrate With UK Libraries and a ‘Holiday Hootenanny’

photo of Abe Lincoln bust in King Library with scarf and stovetop hat
image of items from Special Collections in Holiday Hootenanny exhibit

The study break held in conjunction with this exhibit has been postponed to Dec. 17 due to rain.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2019) See how families throughout Kentucky’s history celebrated the season with “Holiday Hootenanny: From Our House to Yours” presented by University of Kentucky Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). The free public exhibition is on display through January in the lobby of the Margaret I. King Library Building. A study break will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.

“Holiday Hootenanny” features holiday cards, prints and artwork related to the Christmas season from the collections of the SCRC. This slice of Americana shows you the interesting, silly and beautiful ways that Kentucky’s families have shared their joy with others during the season.

To celebrate the exhibit and the end of the semester, a study break will be presented from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. Coffee, cider and cookies will be available to students in front of King Library for those interested in visiting the exhibition and taking a deep breath before final exams.

In addition, the Great Hall will also be open for those looking for a quiet study space 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during finals week.

The SCRC at the King Library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibition, contact Matthew Strandmark, education archivist at UK Special Collections Research Center, at 859-257-1949 or

SCRC at UK Libraries sustains the Commonwealth's memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the center provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. Special Collections Research Center materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship. UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is 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, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK.

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