Piecing Together History: Frankfort Faces & Places - The Collection of J.J. King

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Please join the Kentucky Historical Society for a community Knowledge Sharing open house celebrating the photograph collection of J.J. King in Frankfort, Kentucky!

  • When: Saturday, October 25, 2014: 2-4 pm
  • Where: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will host a free knowledge-sharing community event in Frankfort, Ky., on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Help is needed to identify the people, places and events photographed by J. J. King from the 1910s through the 1940s. There will be one open-house knowledge-sharing session from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort.

John J. King lived and worked in Frankfort, KY. In addition to his work as a photographer, he served as president of the State National Bank in Frankfort, was the owner of the Frankfort Hotel, served as an instructor at the Cardome Academy in Georgetown, and was one of Paul Sawyier's benefactors.

The collection contains approximately 400 photographs spanning from 1900 through 1942. The images are primarily of Frankfort, KY including downtown streets, parades, the Kentucky River, sports (swimming, boating, football, horseback riding, archery, baseball, tennis), the Singing Bridge, the Old State Capitol, the New Capitol, Governor’s mansion, distilleries, schools, locks, post office, transportation, YMCA, construction projects, the gun club, small business and the Kentucky State
Arsenal.  Many of the pictures are of friends and family of J. J. King in these various settings and could include images of our very own Paul Sawyier. 

Historians, neighbors, genealogists and other community members are needed to help expand the knowledge base surrounding this collection, to better document the people, places and events represented in the J. J. King Photographs. KHS is hoping members of the community will come together to assist with identification and contextual information.

The images have been digitized and cataloged and are available for researchers during and after the event. To view any part of the collection, visit kyhistory.com and search for “Graphic 12”. For those who cannot attend, please submit image specific information via the comments section at the bottom of each image.