Riding jacket, Oscar Dishman, Jr.

Oscar Dishman, Jr. (1923-2000) was an African-American thoroughbred owner and trainer from New Zion in Scott County, Ky. He was one of four sons of Oscar Dishman, Sr. and Anna Henderson. The younger Dishman got his start in horse racing in the 1960s. By his heyday in the 1970s, Dishman was training up to 35 horses at a time and working with jockeys such as Bill Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Pat Day, and Eddie Delahoussaye. Training the winning horses for the 1973 Michigan Mile, Ohio Derby, Hawthorne Stakes, and the Widener Handicap (1977-1978) are among the highlights of his career for which he was awarded the Black Achievement Award in Lexington. He owned an interest in ten different horses as well. This jacket bears his personal stable colors.


Man and child with horse

William B. Ogden Studio, creator. “Man and child with horse, possibly William Harbut,.” Photograph. Winchester, Ky., ca. 1920s – 1940s. Kentucky Historical Society: William B. Ogden Negatives.


Twelve Inches of Snow!

Schmitt, Sarah M., contributor.  March 5, 2015. “Twelve Inches of Snow Stacked on a Birdbath.” Photograph. Frankfort., Ky., March 5, 2015. Privately Owned.


The great sleet storm of 1902, Foxport, Ky.

Smoot, Jean Clark, contributor. “The great sleet storm of 1902, Foxport, Ky.” Photograph. Foxport, Ky., 1902. Kentucky Historical Society: Ohio River Portrait Project. (accessed January 8, 2019).


“Terrible Calamity at Louisville”

“Terrible Calamity at Louisville.”
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Engraving, Wood. New York, 1890. Kentucky Historical Society: Martin F. Schmidt Collection. (accessed January 7, 2018).


Main Street Owensboro, 1937 Flood

Kittinger, Carmen, contributor. “Main St. during the 1937 flood, Owensboro.” Photograph. Owensboro, Ky., 1937. Kentucky Historical Society: Ohio River Portrait Project. (accessed January 4, 2018).


Kraut Cutter

This cabbage shredder and box belonged to Mary Ruth Slaton, whose diary is in the Kentucky Historical Society collections and used in the depression-era kitchen of our “A Kentucky Journey” permanent exhibit. Mary Ruth mentions using some of the items from this collection in her daily journal. For example, in an entry dated Aug. 7, 1939, she mentions canning kraut in the afternoon. Her cabbage shredder was most likely used in this task.


Pouring Molasses

Man pouring freshly-made sorghum molasses into buckets ca. 1940-50 in Sebree (Webster Co.), Ky. Ohio River Portrait Project, 1990PH02, contributed by Mary Edith Pritchett.


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