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Cumberlands Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Three Must See Collections


Williamsburg, Ky.— University of the Cumberlands (UC) will be presenting several magnificent and unique, must-see exhibits at the Cumberland Museum in honor of UC’s 125th Anniversary Homecoming celebration. These exhibits include the Charles Kelly photo gallery, The Carl Williams Cross Collection, and the Biblical Art Showcase.

The Cumberland Museum will feature a wide range of historical events captured by the phenomenal photographer, Charles Kelly. Over the years, he has photographed many famous figures and athletes such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Hank Aaron, Ray Charles, Vince Lombardi, Paul “Bear” Bryant, President Jimmy Carter, Alan Greenspan, and many more throughout his career. Kelly’s gallery includes a spectrum of events including political conventions, automobile racing, horse racing, baseball, and basketball games. Kelly has covered the funerals of several celebrities as well.

In addition to the Kelly photo gallery, there will be two other featured exhibits at the Cumberland Museum including the Biblical Art Showcase and the Carl Williams Cross Collection.

The Carl Williams Cross Collection contains over 7,000 pieces and decoratively paints the tall walls of the Cumberland Museum located in the Cumberland Inn. The exhibit provides detailed descriptions of each cross, its origin, its relevance to Christianity, the personal story it carries for the Williams family, and more.

The Biblical Art Showcase includes Biblical leaf etchings, engravings, and even hand painted scenes. Displayed, are rare ancient artifacts and manuscripts from the 14th century. This is in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. It is an Esquire Galleries Collection of more than 250 pieces.

This limited- time gallery of fascinating art, which is FREE to view and is OPEN to the public, is located off I-75, exit 11 at the Cumberland Museum. It will be shown daily from September 6 through October 6, 2013, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For more information about the exhibits and hours, please call the University of the Cumberlands’ Alumni Services at (606) 539-4355 or visit

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit