Impact Report 2017

The Kentucky Historical Society works to empower Kentuckians by helping them become excited about history and to want to discover and understand their past, and then put that awareness to work in making informed choices about the future.

Our Mission

We educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

What We Did in 2017



3,500 students in National History Day in Kentucky ACTIVITIES and SERVICES.



53,250 history fans who came to the KHS history campus to learn how Kentucky helped our country evolve. They traveled from 46 STATES (outside of Kentucky) or Washington, D.C., and 14 COUNTRIES.



31,433 K-12 students to use history’s lessons to help overcome current and future issues via our ONSITE and IN-SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING.



Provided 24/7 access to ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS that 279,266 people viewed.

“My involvement in technology makes it vitally clear that we must encourage and nurture a sense of place across all ages, especially in our children.”



our 181st year as STEWARD of Kentucky’s historical treasures.

Our Impact on Kentucky’s Economy

  • EARNED $517,616 in program and services income
  • ATTRACTED $465,440 in new federal and other grants
  • EMPLOYED 49 people with a payroll of $1.936 million+
  • CONTRIBUTED $569,687 in payroll taxes to the local, state and federal government

Our History Is Our Future

Since 1836 the public has entrusted KHS to be the keeper of the commonwealth’s legacy. KHS has continued to re-imagine this commitment, deepening it to also help Kentuckians recognize history’s value and use it to address the enduring social, economic and sustainability challenges facing us today.

More Of What We Did In 2017

  • TALKED WITH 2,862 people at 63 stops on our KY@225 Listening Tour to learn why they are proud of Kentucky and shared ideas for how to make our state even better.
  • REACHED 202,000 Explore KY History app page views, doubling the number from 2016
  • HAD 103,102 downloads of an article from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society from either Project Muse or JSTOR

Museums’ economic impact


  • $50 billion contributed to the GDP
  • 726,000 jobs supported (372,100 directly; 354,100 indirectly)
  • $12 billion paid out in federal, state and local taxes
  • 850 million visitors to U.S. museums each year

In Kentucky

  • 8,902 jobs supported (4,555 directly; 4,347 indirectly)
  • $510.6 million contributed to the GDP
  • $141.3 million paid in federal, state and local taxes

“Yearlong research and personal interviews have revealed an array of historical perspectives and motivations that many students are not exposed to. Every year of participation has improved my research, writing and interview skills — many of which can be applied in other settings.”

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