What’s the greatest compliment a teacher can receive? A former student saying you instilled a love of learning that led to their success.
The Kentucky Historical Society wants to help you grab this brass ring. We’re a multifaceted organization manifested via a museum, library, repository for documents and artifacts, educational institution and historic site. But most of all, we are a network of history advocates across the state all focused on using history’s power to help Kentuckians better their world by knowing about and understanding their past.
We tackle this task by drawing upon all the resources available to us in each of these roles to approach history education as an inquiry-based, interactive process that is grounded in historical evidence. We have a lot to offer you and your students, from daylong field trips to long-term collaborations.
Whether you come to Frankfort or we come to you, we can help you help your students develop as 21st century learners and help you develop as educators. Here’s how:
Field TripsOur field trips give young learners a close encounter with Kentucky’s past in a way that makes history leap from the text book and become a real-life learning experience they’ll never forget.
KHS has three sites to visit – the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal – all within walking distance. Field trips can include one, two or all three locations and a variety of activities. Learn more.
HistoryMobileFrom the moment their feet hit the colorful ramp leading into this 45-foot semitrailer, students know they’re entering a museum like they’ve never seen. What they might not recognize is that behind all its fun, interactive activities, the HistoryMobile is a serious laboratory for student learning that teaches those all-important critical thinking skills. Scholarship meets the graphic novel in the current HistoryMobile exhibit, “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era.” We can bring it to your school or city. Learn more.
Kentucky Junior Historical SocietyYou’ve sparked your students’ imaginations – now give them an outlet for sharing their love of history with other like-minded students their age. The Kentucky Junior Historical Society provides a group or club-like setting to foster their interest in history through service and other activities, including National History Day competition. Learn more.
Professional DevelopmentYou strive to be a teacher who inspires students. But who and what inspire you? We offer a variety of workshops, field study opportunities and the annual Kentucky History Educators Conference for K-12 teachers that not only are designed to be informational, but motivating, too. We also put you in touch with a network of other teachers, public history professionals and volunteers focused on increasing content knowledge, sharpening skills, sparking creativity and positively impacting students – and all Kentuckians – experiences with history. Learn more.
School CollaborationsWe share your goal of helping students realize their greatest potential by providing programming and activities designed to spark a lifelong curiosity about the world that leads to a love for learning. We’ll partner with you to build long-term programming to engage your students in critical thinking and active learning. Learn more.
Stewart Home School 1792 StoreYou deserve a break when it comes to purchasing classroom materials. That’s why we offer teachers a 20 percent discount on items purchased for in-class use from the Stewart Home School 1792 Store at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. We carry young reader books and kits on Kentucky, the Civil War, Lincoln, Civil Rights and more.
Your suggestions are welcome as we build our Teacher Resources area. We also welcome special orders and purchase orders from area schools. For more information, call 502-564-1792 or email Phil Janes.
Lesson PlansKentucky Military History Curriculum Camp participants in 2014 created 12 lesson plans as part of the experience. Each person developed two plans: one based on a theme in the Kentucky Military Treasures exhibit at the Kentucky Military History Museum; the other based on a military topic of personal interest. These plans may be used as stand-alone units or as supplements to a KHS visit that includes a stop at the Kentucky Military History Museum. Learn more.