The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center Board of Trustees on Saturday announced a partnership with the Pogue family to assist with the development of a permanent gallery at the Museum Center complex to display the historic story of Maysville’s role in the formation of the bourbon industry.
KYGMC and Old Pogue completed and signed their partnership agreement on Saturday in the historic Limestone Building in downtown Maysville. The Limestone Building is located at Second and Sutton Street adjacent to the Museum’s Wormald Building.
The first floor of the Limestone Building will be dedicated to telling the Old Pogue Story and will become the starting point for visitors coming to Maysville to participate in the B-Line and Craft Bourbon Tour experiences. The museum has been in the process since April 2018 of restoring the Limestone Building’s first and second floors. The second floor will house classrooms, workshop rooms and related spaces for the educational services of the museum.
The museum has leased the historic Limestone Building and has started a $675,000.00 capital campaign for the purchase and restoration of the building. Through the efforts of the KYGMC Board of Trustees, Doug Henrickson, Peter Pogue, Hank Pogue, John Pogue, John Stanton with the assistance of numerous museum patrons and the bourbon tourism group, a unique plan of use for this building has been developed and includes spaces for visitors, historic displays and classrooms for the education services of the museum. The goal is to complete the purchase of the leased Limestone Building in five years or at the close of the capital campaign.
The KYGMC Board of Trustees and Old Pogue completed and signed their partnership agreement in the historic Limestone Building. This partnership with the Pogue family and local collectors will allow for the development of a permanent gallery.
The goal of the museum is to open the Old Pogue Experience and the Maysville Bourbon History exhibits housed on the first floor of the Limestone Building by early October 2018. The second floor spaces are nearing completion of the restoration process and will be open for visitors to preview the classrooms on Tuesday, Aug. 21 following the Education Services Benefit Dinner.
Tom Coe is the president of the KYGMC Board of Trustees with C.J. Hunter IV serving as executive director of the museum. Among those representing the Pogue family and the Old Pogue distillery at the signing were Peter Pogue and Henry E. Pogue V with John Pogue serving as the master distiller of Old Pogue.
The KYGMC is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.