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KAS Connections and Other Educator Resources

KAS Connections and Other Educator Resources

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


Need resources, content knowledge, or video tours for the classroom? KHS has it all!

Access our digital collections to find primary source artifacts, documents, and images.

Utilize our Pinterest page to access thematic boards containing both primary and secondary sources along with discussion prompts. Designed for K-12 teachers, it features boards related to coal, early Kentucky, the State Capitol, suffrage, and more.

For more in-depth information, search in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, our academic research journal (accessible via JSTOR).

Watch a recorded virtual tour of staff as they explore exhibits, go behind the scenes, and share stories from Kentucky’s history on the Great Depression, Mexican American War, Kentucky’s Native Peoples, and more.


Use the Explore KY History website and app to explore historic places throughout the state. This resource features short articles based on Kentucky’s historical markers along with modern and historic images and artifacts. Perfect for people looking for a quick introduction to local Kentucky history!


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.


Made By Us brings history to younger generations in innovative and meaningful ways, so they have more fuel to power the future. How? A broad coalition of history and civics institutions have joined forces to develop new tools and experiences that better meet the needs of our audience in timely and relevant ways.


Host A Historian and museum educators invite you to join in a student-driven conversation with historians about some of history’s hottest topics in your virtual classroom! Students will hone their skills in visual literacy, historical literacy, and critical thinking, by participating in a brief learner-centered analysis of a historical image using the inquiry-driven Visual Thinking Strategies teaching method.