From tenant farmers and lay midwives to political leaders and nationally acclaimed authors, the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), an agency of the 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. 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 9,000 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. More than 200 interviews have been collected and transcribed. The award-winning project also produced eight radio programs, two performance pieces, and the documentary “Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky” which periodically broadcasts on Kentucky Educational Television. The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky online database launched in 2005.