KAS Connections and Other Educator Resources

Learn about Kentucky’s history in the classroom.

Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies Connections

A new set of Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies passed in July 2019. The Kentucky Historical Society is creating tools to help aid K-12 educators in the teaching of these new standards, especially those specifically focused on Kentucky. We have compiled source lists for grades 4, 5 and 8, with transcriptions when needed, that relate to the Kentucky strand. More grades will be forthcoming. (All files open as PDFs)

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

High School: Civics
High School: Economics
High School: Geography
High School: United States History
High School: World History

Take a brief survey about these new resources! The feedback of K-12 teachers is imperative as KHS seeks to create and improve tools used by teachers as they begin using the new social studies standards.

For questions about the new KAS for Social Studies, please email Claire E. Gwaltney or call 502-782-8059.

Educator Packets

Primary Sources and More

Access digital collections to find artifactsdocuments and images. Or, check out the KHS Pinterest page to find primary and secondary sources along with discussion prompts. For more in-depth information search in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (accessible via JSTOR).

Civil War Governors of Kentucky

Many people interacted with the Kentucky governor’s office during the Civil War – this database holds their stories. Access thousands of primary sources that help illuminate the lives of everyday Kentuckians during these tumultuous times.

Online Exhibits

Kentucky Military History Treasures

Beyond the Log Cabin: Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln

Picturing America: Faces, Spaces and Places in Art

Explore KY History

Use the Explore KY History website and app to explore historic places throughout the state!