The Kentucky Department of Tourism announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences.

“Travelers always have a desire to go where the locals recommend and the 2019 guide provides visitors with those insider tips to help plan the perfect Kentucky trip,” Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Department of Tourism said. “The local storytellers provide engaging accounts of their own Kentucky experiences, while also highlighting specific activities and places to see while you’re traveling in state.”

Kristin Williams, proprietor of Ephemera Paducah, is one of eight storytellers from across the state selected to represent the main pillars of Kentucky tourism: bourbon, food, horses, outdoors, history, music, arts and events. Williams shares the story of Ephemera Paducah, a mixed media haven in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District, as an introduction to the arts experiences awaiting travelers to Kentucky.

“It brings me great joy to welcome visitors from all over the United States. My favorite thing to watch (other than happy artists enjoying their class) is seeing our guests fall in love with Paducah,” says Williams. “Those who haven’t visited Paducah or even Kentucky are always pleasantly surprised at the cool places they find and easy time they have here. It was an honor to be a part of this great project.  I am proud that Ephemera Paducah is a part of what attracts visitors to our community and state.”

Ephemera Paducah is a favored destination to those who love mixed media art and who want to learn from some of the country’s most renowned instructors. Learn more about this artistic space and preview a complete list of upcoming classes and workshops at

The Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide is available in its printed version at the state’s staffed welcome centers including Whitehaven Welcome Center as well as at the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), temporarily located at Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway. An online version of the guide is available at

The Paducah CVB invites locals to contribute their unique perspectives to inspire visitors by sharing Paducah “Creative City” stories on social media with the hashtag, #PaducahCreativeCity. For more information about tourism in Paducah, visit