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KY State Reformatory staff and inmates build museum exhibit

Museum exhibit commemorates prison's history
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By Lisa Lamb
News from the Kentucky Department of Corrections

FRANKFORT, KY (6 Jan 2017) - Visitors to the Oldham County Historical Society's Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum will get a look behind the walls of the state prison many view as the most noted landmark in the area, the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR).

The museum's executive director contacted prison officials and asked them if they wanted an exhibit at the museum.


"We jumped at the idea," said Warden Aaron Smith. "We were literally given a blank slate and we challenged our inmates and staff to come up with a design. For years, people have passed by on Highway 146 and see the large tower, but few have any idea of what goes on behind that tower. Now, by visiting the museum, they can get a glimpse of life behind bars and learn about the prison's rich history."

Construction of KSR began in 1936 and the prison opened three years later as the third state prison. It currently is the largest of Kentucky's state prisons with 1,730 inmates. It houses all custody levels of inmates and is the primary medical and mental health facility for inmates.

The exhibit is a tribute to the prison's significant role in the community. It is located on the second floor of the museum and a full room is devoted to the exhibit. It features a 3-D replica of the front facade of the prison complete with the large stone Gothic-Style tower many associate with KSR.

"Many of the pieces were designed and built by the inmates," said Smith. "We have some incredibly talented individuals behind these walls and this was an opportunity for them to showcase their talent."

Two KSR staff, Unit Administrators Danny Perry and John Hall, were instrumental in completion of the exhibit as well and devoted numerous hours to see the project through to its completion.

The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum opened to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 10amET. Staff from KSR were on hand and to distribute 200 teddy bears donated by Luther Luckett Correctional Complex' bear program.


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KY State Reformatory exhibit at Peyton Samuel Museum



2017-01-08 - Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, KY - Photo from Lisa Lamb, Commonwealth News Center.
One of the exhibits designed by inmates and staff of the Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham county for The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, Oldham County, KY, which opened to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 9amCT/10amET.

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Museum Display of an inmate's cell at KY State Reformatory



2017-01-08 - Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, KY - Photo from Lisa Lamb, Commonwealth News Center.
Museum depiction of an inmate's circumstances at Kentucky State Reformatory. The exhibits were designed by inmates and staff of the Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham county for The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, Oldham County, KY, which opened to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 9amCT/10amET.

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Handcuffs hang museum sign depicting KSR



2017-01-08 - Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, KY - Photo from Lisa Lamb, Commonwealth News Center.

The sign for the museum display was designed by inmates and staff of the Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County. The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, Oldham County, KY, opened to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

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KSR Unit Administrators Danny Perry & John Hall at PSH museum



2017-01-08 - Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, KY - Photo from Lisa Lamb, Commonwealth News Center.
Kentucky State Reformatory Unit Administrators Danny Perry and John Hall, at The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, 406 N Second Street, LaGrange, Oldham County, KY, which opened to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 9amCT/10amET.

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