PRIMARY SOURCES & MORE
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.
EXPLORE KY HISTORY APP
EXPLORE KY HISTORY
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 and modern and historic images and artifacts. Perfect for people looking for a quick introduction to local Kentucky history!
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.
MADE BY US
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.
A STATE DIVIDED: EXPLORING THE CIVIL WAR THROUGH IMAGES
Explore the Civil War in Kentucky through this online collection of photographs, artifacts, documents, and paintings from the Kentucky Historical Society. This resource was developed in partnership with KET. Each image is paired with additional information and materials for teachers and students to delve deeper and make connections to the themes.
SMITHSONIAN LEARNING LABS
Smithsonian Learning Labs offer the opportunity to explore Smithsonian resources in the classroom or beyond. Search through individual resources – images, videos, documents – or view collections of resources organized by themes. Explore Kentucky-related topics, including collections created by KHS, and so much more!