FRANKFORT- Music lovers, historians, musicians and instrument makers of all ages will have a unique opportunity to learn more about playing and crafting stringed instruments this summer when "Made to be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers" opens at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort on Saturday.
"Made to be Played" features the rich and fascinating history of Kentucky luthiers - people who make or repair stringed instruments - and tells the stories of Kentucky master luthiers and their handcrafted guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers and other original stringed instruments.
At the exhibition, visitors to the Center for Kentucky History can participate in special activities, including an opportunity for children to construct and decorate their own instruments using everyday household items. Luthiers Donna and Lewis Lamb will be available to help families construct "can-jos" from 1-4 p.m. This activity is free. Inside the exhibition, guests will have an opportunity to meet luthiers and learn about their passion for constructing and playing stringed instruments. Old-time string band Kentucky Wild Horse is scheduled to perform at 2 p.m.