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KAS Connections

KAS Connections

Learn about Kentucky’s history in the classroom.


The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) created Kentucky Social Studies Resource Guides to help K-12 teachers address current Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies (adopted in July 2019). These guides connect each Kentucky-centric standard to transcribed and digitized primary sources from the KHS collection. While the individual primary sources may not be appropriate for analysis when given to students independently, they do support and complement larger instructional concepts covered in the classroom.

After the guides debuted in 2019, KHS conducted extensive teacher surveys to make this resource more effective and efficient. In 2021, KHS posted updated and expanded versions of the guides on the website; resource guides will continue to be honed as teachers provide feedback. 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

For questions about the new KAS for Social Studies, contact KHS Education.


Use this material as stand-alone units or as supplements to a visit to the Kentucky Historical Society. These open as PDFs.

Artifact Analysis: A Surveyor’s Essentials, ca. 1800 - downloadable pdf

Artifact Analysis: A Soldier’s Essentials, War of 1812 to World War I - downloadable pdf

Photo Analysis: Assassination of Governor William Goebel, 1900 - downloadable pdf

Photo Analysis: Last Legislative Session at the Old State Capitol, 1908 - downloadable pdf

Photo Analysis: Julius Richner, Franklin County’s World War I Bugler, ca. 1917 - downloadable pdf

Document Analysis: Letters from a World War II Prisoner of War, 1942-1945 - downloadable pdf