Impact Reports

2019 Impact Report

The Kentucky History Center & Museums has welcomed more than 1 million visitors since its anchor building, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, opened in 1999 in historic downtown Frankfort. In 2019 alone, we played host to 42,548 guests, including visitors from 108 Kentucky counties, 49 states (Montana, where were you?), Washington DC and 98 countries.

In 2019, we assisted 2,477 researchers who either wrote or called our reference desk with questions and our online collections received over 300,000 views. Our social media followers and subscribers reached 26,962.  The Explore KY History app had 232,792 page views by over 100,000 users and articles from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society were downloaded over 117,000 times!

See below for other ways that we made an impact in 2019, or download a copy of our 2019 Impact Report.


Monthly Impact Reports During COVID-19 Closures

Although KHS was closed to onsite visitors March 18 to June 6, in many ways it was business as usual. Onsite programming was replaced with an array of virtual programs and services, and staff remained as busy as ever working to engage our audiences remotely. Please click on the links below to see a summary of our activities during this time.

March 2020 Impact Report

April 2020 Impact Report

May 2020 Impact Report


Our Mission

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

What We Did in 2019



We loaned 155 items from our collections to local history organizations and heritage sites in Kentucky and acquired 128 new collections through donations.

45K Fans


We HOSTED nearly 45,000 HISTORY FANS who came to the KHS history campus to learn how Kentucky helped our country evolve. They traveled from 108 Kentucky counties, 49 states including Kentucky), Washington, D.C., and 98 countries.



Among our nearly 45,000 guests were 17,510 K-12 students and their parents. We helped them USE HISTORY’S LESSONS to overcome current and future issues.

One million +


We provided 24/7 access to ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS. These were accessed over a million times in 2019.

“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.”



2019 was our 183rd year as STEWARD of Kentucky’s historical treasures.

Our History Is Our Future

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

More of What We Did in 2019

  • Dedicated 38 new markers in 22 counties. To date, 2,400+ markers help illuminate Kentucky’s complex story.
  • Administered 14 Kentucky oral history grants, and conducted over 10,500 minutes of oral history interviews, which record and preserve the diverse stories that are a part of Kentucky’s rich and colorful history.

Museums’ economic impact


  • 850 million people visit U.S. museums each year
  • Museums directly provide jobs for 372,100 people
  • $21 billion directly contributes to the U.S. economy
  • 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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