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Kentucky master portraitist Matthew Harris Jouett was one of the 12 children born to Revolutionary War hero Captain John "Jack" Jouett Jr. and his wife, Sarah "Sally" Robards. He died on Aug. 10, 1827, at the age of 39. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will present a special program on Saturday, Aug. 6. "Matthew Harris Jouett Day: Jouett Family Treasures" will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. The public is invited and admission is free. There will be a brief presentation by Steven Ray Menefee, a Jouett family descendant who has made the study of Matthew Harris Jouett's portraits his life-long quest. Menefee is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and an employee of Trane Manufacturing Company. A member of the Woodford County Heritage Committee, he curated the December 2010 Home for the Holidays Jouett Family Portrait Exhibition at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site. "This is a huge deal for the Jouett world - having two paintings by Matthew Harris Jouett that have never been on display before for viewing at the Jouett House." There will be an opportunity to walk through the historic house to see the new items in the collection. This includes a miniature portrait of Edward Spillsbee Coleman, donated to the Jack Jouett House by Evelyn A. McGill; items linked to the launch of the U.S.S Jouett launched in 1938, and donated by Dr. John Jouett Gilbert and Dr. Anne Gilbert Coleman. The Jouett House will also display, for one day only, from the collection of Dr. Anne Gilbert Coleman, an original portrait of Matthew Harris Jouett's son Lt. Col. George Payne Jouett. The original portrait has never been and will likely never be on display again for public viewing. A reproduction of the original portrait will go on display as part of the permanent collection at the Jack Jouett House. "Matthew Harris Jouett Day: Jouett Family Treasures" is sponsored by the Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craigs Creek Road, just off McCowans Ferry Road. Free tours are available April through October on Mondays (10 a.m. to noon), Fridays (noon to 5 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sundays (1 to 5 p.m.), and by appointment throughout the year. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902, email email@example.com, or visit www.jouetthouse.org.