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Pioneer Log Cabin

Pioneer Log Cabin

Pioneer Log Cabin

Designed by Louisville architect Brinton B. Davis, who built many of the historic structures on WKU's campus, the 'pioneer log cabin' was constructed in the mid-1930s to commemorate and interpret Kentucky's pioneer life. Never used for this purpose, the cabin instead housed faculty, staff and international scholars, and once served as the childhood home of film director John Carpenter. In 2004, the building was restored for use for the Folk Studies Program and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Beginning  in fall 2004, the Log Cabin housed graduate student work space, served as home base for the Folklore Club, and provided an intimate setting for lectures, classes, concerts, and social events. The always popular Cabin Concert Series, featuring nationally prominent musicians, takes place in the cabin.

In June 2013, the Pioneer Log Cabin became home to the Kentucky Folklife Program. The Kentucky Folklife Program moved to WKU in July 2012 and continues to be dedicated to the mission of identifying, documenting, and preserving the Commonwealth's diverse cultural traditions. 

Directions to log cabin.

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