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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 2021, despite COVID-19 difficulties, visitation was up 65% from the previous year. We welcomed over 10,000 guests, including visitors from 81 Kentucky counties, ALL 50 states, and 12 countries.

In 2021, we assisted 3,100 researchers who either wrote or called our reference desk with questions and our online collections received over 255,000 views. Our social media followers and subscribers increased by 12% over 2020, and we reached over 3 million through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The Explore KY History app had 174,000 users (an increase of 12% over 2020) and nearly 800 K-12 teachers attended KHS virtual workshops or conferences-- an increase of 20% over 2020!

Click the link below to learn more about KHS's impact in 2021. 

2021 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