Kentucky Oral History CommissionThe Kentucky Oral History Commission:
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 more than 600 grants to individuals, colleges, universities and community organizations, resulting in the collection of more than 25,000 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. Two symposiums were presented on the civil rights project and in 2005 the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky online database was launched.
2013 Legislative Moments
These are 30 short essays highlighting Kentucky’s oral history collections, found online at Pass the Word (http://passtheword.ky.gov
). One was presented each day of the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly session. They are also published in print and distributed online as resources for the general public. Past Legislative Moments have explored Kentucky's connections to Abraham Lincoln
and War of 1812
(Each link will open a PDF in a new window)
First U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren, and Todd County Roots
Women's Basketball Banned in Kentucky
80 years later, the Civil Conservation Corp thumbprint is still on Kentucky
South Central Kentucky Basket Making Traditions
“The Philosopher,” Edward F. Prichard Jr.
Mary Wheeler, Paducah’s Songcatcher
Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Preserving Kentucky’s Country Music
“The Man that Moved Mountains” - The Pikeville Cut-Through Project
Land Between the Lakes, the largest inland peninsula in the United States
Creating a Legacy: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
From Washington County to Taiwan, Hugh Grundy was the Perfect Front
Jesse Grider Knew About “The Problem We All Live With”
From Adair County to the National Stage, Allie Hixson Led the Fight for Equal Rights
Baseball in Kentucky
Kenton County Legend Ballard “Pappy” Raborn Taylor
Western Kentucky Black Patch War, 1904 - 1909
The Desegregation of Sturgis High School
Appalachian-Based Settlement Schools Left Their Mark in Eastern Kentucky
Benjamin E. Clement: A Gem of a Legacy
Kentucky’s Nuns: Providing educational, health and social services since 1812
A Personal and Public Advocate for Racial Equality, J. Blaine Hudson Leaves a Large Legacy
Writer and Painter Harlan Hubbard Embraced the Simple Life
African-Americans in Kentucky's Horse Industry
Cora Wilson Stewart: The “Moonlight Lady” who led the Nation Toward Literacy
Greenup County’s Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean Conflict
First Rural Nurse-Midwife Service in the U.S.
Immigration and Kentucky’s Coal Industry
Kentucky’s Company D: The Harrodsburg Tankers
Mary Ann Fisher, the Songbird of the South