From tenant farmers and lay midwives to political leaders and nationally acclaimed authors, the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) reaches across the state to record and preserve the diverse stories that are a part of Kentucky’s rich and colorful history.Since 1976 the Kentucky Oral History Commission has:
- Awarded over $1,000,000 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. In 2005 the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky online database was launched.
The Kentucky Oral History Commission is made up of 12 governor appointed members. The KOHC advisory board is made up of at least 10 KOHC appointed oral history advisers.
Current KOHC Members are:
Fred Joseph, Chair (Louisville, KY)
Sharon Kemper Hackworth, Vice-Chair (Shelbyville, KY)
Anna Armstrong (Harrodsburg, KY)
Duane Bolin (Murray, KY)
John Hardin (Bowling Green, KY)
Nathan Lynn (Paducah, KY)
Tom Meng (Lexington, KY)
Kim Lady Smith (Frankfort, KY)
Richard Taylor(Frankfort, KY)
Wayne Onkst, ex-officio (Commissioner, KY Dept. of Library and Archives)
Kent Whitworth, ex officio (Director, KY Historical Society)
Current KOHC Advisors:
Brent Bjorkman, Director of the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU, Bowling Green, KY
Doug Boyd, Director of the UofK Nunn Center for Oral History, Lexington, KY
Jackie Couture, Co-director, William H. Berge Center for Oral History, EKU, Richmond, KY
Lynn David, independent oral historian and folklorist, Maysville County
Arwen Donahue, independent oral historian, Carlisle, KY
John Klee, history professor, Maysville KCTCS, Maysville, KY
Lynwood Montell, folklorist, author and lifetime adviser for the KOHC, Bowling Green, KY
Sarah-Jane Poindexter, co-chair of the Oral History Center at the UofL, Louisville, KY
Anne Ryckbost, manuscript processor at NKU
Lil Press, former KOHC chair, co-founder of the Kentucky Women’s Network, Lexington, KY
Michael Ann Williams, director of the Folks Studies and Anthropology Department, WKU, Bowling Green, KY
Jim Klotter, ex-officio (state historian)
Al Smith, ex-officio (KOHC co-founder)
Oral History Administrator position is currently unstaffed. Please direct all questions to the Reference Staff of the Martin F. Schmidt Library at email@example.com .