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Great South Central Kentucky Basket and History Tour

Join Kentucky basket maker Scott Gilbert and discover the cultural history of South Central Kentucky with its rich basket making heritage.

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07/16/2019 - 07/20/2019

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Scott Gilbert will be guiding a tour as one of the workshop offerings at Tradition and Innovation in Basketry 10 - National Basketry Organization’s 10th Biennial Conference Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, Kentucky – July 16 – 20, 2019

Follow the link above for more info about all the workshops at the conference including fees, registration, classes, etc. ( opens in new window )
Each workshop offered at the conference is 4 days in length and runs concurrently.

The Great South Central Kentucky Basket and History Tour:  Join Kentucky basket maker Scott Gilbert and discover the cultural history of South Central Kentucky with its rich basket making heritage.

Tour highlights include a visit to the Family Medical Clinic in Munfordville, Kentucky, where Dr. Jim Middleton has been collecting local Hart County Baskets for 50 years.

A visit to Mammoth Cave National Park visitor center will give participants an overview of the culture of the Mammoth Cave area. Basket making has been an important part of the material culture of this greater Hart County area since at least the middle of the 1800s.

A trip to nearby South Union Shaker Village will allow participants to go behind the scenes to inspect the unique Shaker Basket Collection. While at South Union, Scott will give a demonstration of traditional white oak basket making.

Family Medical Clinic, Munfordville, Kentucky

Another stop is The Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The museum manages the Jerry E. Baker Fine and Decorative Arts Collection, which includes a comprehensive collection of the creative works by Joseph Dudley Downing, a Kentucky-born artist.

Also on the week’s agenda is a visit to the Green River Museum, a history and folklife museum, and a studio tour with local potter Susanne Renfrow.

On campus the final day, the group will visit the Kentucky Museum to go behind-the-scenes to view its’ extensive quilt collection and to see demonstrations and performances by local artists and musicians.

Baskets, history, art and fine crafts –discover the richness of creativity in this area of Kentucky!

Destinations and timeline are subject to change. Tour includes daily lunch, transportation, and admission to the special planned events and tours.

Transportation Fee: $95.00.  Follow the link above for more info about all the workshops at the conference including fees, registration, classes, etc. ( opens in new window ).  Participants may also find purchasing opportunities at some venues.  See Scott Gilbert’s Tour Supply List.

Skill level required:  On the tour one can expect moderate walking on pavement and gravel paths on mostly flat terrain. There will be restrooms available during the day. Most sites will be handicap accessible but not all.

See personal work by Scott Gilbert and his wife, Beth Hester, here:  Beth and Scott's personal work

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