Adopt a Doc Coffey Mask

Thanks to the wonderful response by alumni, colleagues, and friends of Dr. David “Doc” Coffey, the Kentucky Museum is thrilled the announce that we have opened his collection of 140 masks for adoption.

We wish to extend special thanks to the late Pamela Ryals, who volunteered her time, knowledge, and passion for preserving cultural knowledge and led efforts to catalog and photograph the masks for our database.

 The Kentucky Museum is honored to help preserve his legacy. Every adoption helps pay for supplies to care for the collection, such as archival boxes and cabinets, along with any conservation care needed in the future.

To adopt a mask:

  • View the list in the Google doc by clicking here.
    • You will need the “Number” in the second column of the mask(s) you wish to adopt. Be mindful that the third column shows a name if the mask has been adopted.
  • Visit and follow the form to make your gift. 
    • Each mask is $25. You may adopt one or multiple masks. 
    • Gifts may be made in a one-time payment or installment payments. Follow the instructions on the form. 
    • Please list the “Number” in the Additional Information box on the gift form.
  • We will process your gift through the WKU Foundation and send a letter with your adoption certificate via mail. Adopter’s names are listed in the mask record (both internally and in our KenCat collections portal) and on all future exhibit labels associated with the mask.

For questions, please contact Tiffany Isselhardt, Kentucky Museum Development Manager, at 

Thank you for helping to preserve Dr. David Coffey’s legacy!

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