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Documentary Celebrates Centennial of Governor's Mansion, Diane Sawyer Narrates

As part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, a new documentary about the architectural, social, and political history of the residence is being released this weekend.

The film, titled “Kentucky Governor’s Mansion:  A Century of Reflection” is narrated by Kentucky native and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, and will premiere on Jan. 15 at the Grand Theater in Frankfort and on Jan. 16 at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington. 

The premieres kick-off a yearlong Centennial Celebration for the Governor’s Mansion, which turns 100 years old on Jan. 20

The documentary features historical reenactments along with interviews from former governors and their families, including former Miss America and Kentucky First Lady Phyllis George Brown, Governor Martha Lane Collins, and current Governor Steve Beshear.  The film offers an unprecedented look at family and political life at the mansion— including milestones throughout both Kentucky’s and the nation’s history.

“The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion is a timeless treasure steeped in history, architectural symmetry and elegance,” said Michael Breeding, producer and director of “Kentucky Governor’s Mansion:  A Century of Reflection”. “I have had the esteemed privilege of coming to know the architects, designers, builders, first families, staff and caretakers whose incomparable dedication and contributions have brought this mansion to life.  It is my sincere hope that this documentary can provide a fitting introduction to the people of Kentucky, and that they might see in this great landmark all that I've been privileged to see through the making of this film.”

Watch a preview:

Premieres, Receptions and Ticketing

Seating for each premiere and reception is limited.  Premiere tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the door.  There is no deadline for purchasing tickets online. 

Private receptions will be held prior to each premiere and tickets to each are also available for purchase at the links below. 

·         Frankfort Premiere

Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

Grand Theater, 308 St Clair St, Frankfort

Click here to purchase tickets. 

*Reception to be held at Governor’s Mansion at 6:30 p.m.

·         Lexington Premiere

Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

Kentucky Theater, 214 E Main St., Lexington

Click here to purchase tickets.

*Reception to be held at Portofino’s at 6:30 p.m.

For any ticketing questions, contact Mackenzie Brown at or 502-564-3000.

Proceeds from all the events will benefit historic preservation and educational enrichment through the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI).


“Kentucky Governor’s Mansion:  A Century of Reflection” is a Michael Breeding Media production and is presented by The Forcht Group of Kentucky, Forcht Bank, My Favorite Things, Kentucky National Insurance Company and First Financial Credit. 

Centennial Celebration

The Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration will feature a range of both free and ticketed public and private events, including a Centennial symposium, the Martin Luther King Jr. March and reception, a reception honoring the people of Frankfort and more.  The Mansion will also feature several special art exhibits throughout the year, including an Audubon collection.  For a complete list of currently scheduled celebration events, visit click here.

No public or taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the Centennial Celebration.  All events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to KEMFI, a 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake, promote and assist financially and otherwise the modification to the restoration, maintenance and preservation of public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For the latest Centennial Celebration news and updates, go the official Centennial website at, visit the Governor’s Mansion Facebook page at or follow the Mansion on Twitter @GovMansion1914.