The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky was the place where everyone wanted to be. Many people still recall the excitement that raced through their minds when they dressed for dinner at the club. Some recall a popular entertainer they went to see. To others, that memory is a first date, senior prom or family celebration. Tragically the fire that devastated the club on May 28, 1977 silenced the celebrations and entertainment forever.
This February 7th, the third season of Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel) will air a story about the Beverly Hills Supper Club exhibit at the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum and the MAPH students who created it (the schedule is subject to change so please double check the upcoming episode guide at http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/mysteries-at-the-museum.”)
The exhibit featuring the history of the club, designed to recapture the memory of its grandeur as “the show place of the nation” and the fire that brought about its end, opened at the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum in 2012.
The exhibit commemorates the history of the club by telling the story of the Beverly Hills from its origins as a gambling venue under the control of organized crime to its storied days as an entertainment destination. On display will be a firefighter’s coat and helmet worn the night of the fire, a prom dress and other articles of clothing worn by patrons to the club, gambling chips and pictures highlighting the many entertainers and events from the club’s heyday.
The creation of the exhibit is a unique partnership between graduate
students from Northern Kentucky University’s Master of Arts in Public
History program and the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum.
Students in NKU’s MAPH are studying to become working professionals in
museums or other Public History venues. Throughout the program students
are actively engages in projects for a variety of local organizations and
companies, including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum’s
Without Sanctuary exhibit.
The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum, is located at 69 Greene
Street in Tower Park. For more information and hours contact: 859‐815‐
8481 or 859‐572‐1225.