Kentucky Historical Society: Transforming students' lives through the power of history!
The Kentucky Historical Society's education programs cultivate 21st Century Learning Skills like creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, transforming Kentucky students into engaged citizens and community leaders. KHS reached thousands of students in 2012 through workshops and museum tours in Frankfort and through outreach programs like the KHS HistoryMobile and Kentucky Junior Historical Society across the state.
Kentucky Junior Historical Society members participate in in Kentucky History Day, an annual program for students in grades 4-12. Throughout the school year, students conduct research using primary and secondary sources to prepare projects based on a theme that is broad enough to encourage investigation of local, state, national or world history. 2013's theme is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events."
Students work individually or in groups to create projects in one of five categories: paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website. District and state contests are held every year in the spring, and the top two entries in each category and division move on to the national contest, held at the University of Maryland in June.
The Kentucky Historical Society is committed to engaging people in the exploration of the Commonwealth's diverse heritage. Through innovative services and programs, we provide connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. KHS is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Outreach programs collaborate with more than 430 local historical organizations. KHS is financially supported by its membership and by the KHS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.