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A Day of Henry Clay

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Dedication of Clay Portrait by Joseph Bush, featuring Chautauqua Performances by Henry Clay and Charlotte Duprey.
The Oldham County History Center will celebrate its new acquisition of an oil portrait of Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay by well-known Antebellum portrait artist Joseph Bush. The painting was donated by Eleanor Bingham Miller. Eleanor and her former husband, Rowland Miller, bought Kentucky treasures, such as this portrait of Clay, to keep them in Kentucky, knowing in the future they would find an important home for each piece.

Henry Clay was a friend of James and Amanda Mount and visited their home in LaGrange numerous times. Today the James and Amanda Mount home is the site of the J.C. Barnett Library & Archives on the Oldham County History Center campus. In 2021 the Oldham County History Center dedicated a room for a new exhibit, The Mount Parlor, in the archives building that depicts the everyday culture of the Mount family between the years of 1847 leading up to the Civil War.

A Day of Henry Clay highlights his influence on a local and national level. Henry Clay was a slave holder and prominent legislator in Congress and ran three times for President of the United States. He was one of the founders of the American Colonization Society to send slaves back to Africa to a colony called Liberia. Clay believed slave states should retain their rights, but slavery should not include westward expansion as new states were created. Clay’s association with the Mount household highlights the Mount prominence in the community and their political ties leading up to the Civil War.

Day’s Schedule will include:

11 a.m. Performance of Henry Clay by Ky. Heritage Council Chautauqua performer Kevin Hardesty

Noon: Catered lunch and special guest speaker, Eleanor Bingham Miller

1:00 p.m. Performance of Charlotte Dupuy by Ky. Heritage Council Chautauqua performer Elizabeth Lawson

There will be guided tours of the Mount Parlor Room in the J.C. Library and Archives Building from 10:30 to 11 am and 2 to 3 p.m. for participants.


Oldham Co History Center Campus
106 N. Second Avenue
La Grange, KY 40031 United States
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