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 2020, despite COVID-19 mandates and closures, we welcomed 6,340 guests, including visitors from 76 Kentucky counties, 39 states, and 14 countries.

In 2020, we assisted 2,382 researchers who either wrote or called our reference desk with questions and our online collections received over 340,000 views. Our social media followers and subscribers increased by 7% over 2019, and we reached over 2.4 million through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The Explore KY History app had 155,000 users (an increase of 20% over 2020) and articles from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society were downloaded over 162,632 times (an increase of 39% over 2019)!

See below for other ways that we made an impact in 2020, or download a copy of our 2020 Impact Report.



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