The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1836 by a group of prominent Kentuckians intent on preserving the history of the Commonwealth. It was chartered as the state society in 1838 and began to collect books and printed materials. KHS became an agency of Kentucky state government in the early 1950s.
A 501(c)(3) organization of members from Kentucky and around the world, KHS is part of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and has full American Alliance of Museums accreditation. We are administered by an executive committee and supported by the KHS Foundation.