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.
In this description make sure to cover the following points:
- What is the end-product of your project?What aspects of the Churchill Weavers collection and other KHS
collections or resources contribute to your project? How so?
- What collections essential for your project are NOT at KHS?
- How much time do you intend to spend at KHS?
- What is the estimated timetable for your project?
Graduate and undergraduate students must include two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with their work and with the project being proposed. Independent scholars who do not have a curriculum vitae should provide a statement about their experience with historical research and publishing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Louise Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-1792, ext. 4407, well in advance to become oriented with the Churchill Weavers business records and manuscript collection; applicants interested in the object collection should contact Deborah Van Horn, Deborah.email@example.com or 502-564-1792, ext. 4418.
Applications are welcome from humanities professionals, graduate students, and scholars working in related disciplines, as well as independent scholars and museum professionals. The fellowship is designed to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the Churchill Weavers collection. All applications are peer-reviewed by a panel of leading historians. Awards are based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time it will require in the collection. The stipends are for a maximum of four weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week. Application deadline is Sept. 1, 2016.
The fellow must make use of the Churchill Weavers collection during their visit, but will be given the option of exploring related collections at KHS. During the fellowship residency, the recipient will make an informal presentation at KHS based on the recipient’s work in the Churchill Weavers collection. A research report is due no later than a month after the end of the fellows’ residency in Frankfort. The research report is a three- to five-page narrative outlining work accomplished. KHS will also receive a copy of any publications aided by the fellowship. Fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
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