From tenant farmers and lay midwives to political leaders and nationally acclaimed authors, the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), administered by Kentucky Historical Society, reaches across the state to record and preserve the diverse stories that are a part of Kentucky’s rich and colorful history. KOHC is the only state agency committed to statewide oral history documentation through granting programs and outreach. Since 1976 KOHC has:
- Awarded more than $1 million to more than 600 grants to individuals, colleges, universities and community organizations, resulting in the collection of more than 35,000 interviews located at repositories throughout the state.
- Established a collection of nearly 10,000 interviews, one of the largest in the United States, at the Kentucky Historical Society.
- Conducted a multi-year project to document the civil rights movement in Kentucky and to produce educational programs based on the oral history collection.
- Provides technical assistance and outreach on all aspects of collecting and preserving oral histories.