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.