About the university
We educate and engage the public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future.
The Kentucky Historical Society will be the recognized leader in helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s stories.
The Kentucky Historical Society collects, preserves, conserves, interprets and shares information, memories and materials from Kentucky’s past. We:
- Maintain three historical properties in Frankfort that tell different parts of the story of Kentucky and its people.
- Work with historical societies and other groups to tell local history through the Kentucky Historical Marker Program.
- Provide professional development workshops and conferences for K-12 teachers and others.
- Give students across Kentucky the chance to develop both their love of history and 21st century learning skills that they will use for a lifetime through field trips, in-school programs, camps and the Kentucky Junior Historical Society.
- Maintain Kentucky’s premier genealogical research library.
- Provide workshops for family historians and genealogists.
- Publish The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, a quarterly journal on Kentucky history.
- Sponsor academic fellowships for scholarly research on Kentucky.
- Provide internships that help college students develop professional skills.
- Produce regular public programming and special events for audiences of all ages.
- Serve as administrator for the Kentucky Oral History Commission.
- And much more.
We have more than
- 120,000 artifacts in our museum collections.
- 90,000 published works, 16,000 reels of microfilm, 200,000 historic photographs, 1,900 cubic feet of manuscripts and
- 2,000 maps in Special Collections and Libraries.
- 8,000 oral history interviews in our Oral History collection.
Ranges from $400 (for one week) to $1,600 (for four weeks)
To assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using KHS collections.
- Independent scholars
- College and university teachers*
- Graduate students
- Scholars working in disciplines related to an aspect of Kentucky history
- Public school teachers*
* State regulation prohibits Kentucky state employees – with the exception of school teachers and university employees – from applying.
KHS reserves the right not to award certain fellowships should extenuating circumstances arise.
A panel of leading historians reviews all applications. Fellows are selected based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time that research will require in KHS collections.
Make an informal presentation on their research during their stay at KHS.
Submit a final narrative report of three to five pages outlining the work they accomplished at KHS within one month of the fellowship’s end.
Provide KHS with a copy of any publications that result from or are aided by the fellowship.
KHS strongly encourages fellows to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
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