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Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships

Researchers have used the Kentucky Historical Society’s rich archival holdings to shed light on a vast array of topics, from frontier land distribution and law, to Civil War medicine and from river-borne commerce in the 19th century to Kentucky’s nuclear energy industry.

To help facilitate your research, KHS offers short-term fellowships (one to four weeks) to promote scholarship on any facet of Kentucky’s history.

We offer fellowships in two award cycles. These are available in Spring (March 1) and Fall (October 1).  Download Fellowships guidelines and learn more here.

Congratulations to our Fall 2021 KHS Research Fellows: 

  • Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology, “Remembrance of Things Cast: Kentucky’s Monuments and Memorials in the Age of #TakeItDown”

  • Rand Dotson, Louisiana State University, “The Lexington Tragedy: Colonels, Patronage, and Murder in Kentucky’s Bluegrass”

  • Warren Milteer, Jr., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Free People of Color in the Civil War Era”

  • Cynthia Patterson, University of South Florida, “Owensboro and the ‘Negro Chautauqua’ Movement, 1885-1925”

  • Aaron D. Purcell, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “Save Cumberland Falls: Environmentalism, Tourism, and Economic Development in Southeastern Kentucky” 

  • Marcy Sacks, Albion College, “‘There is Nothing Like Having a Slave’: White Federal Soldiers’ Racial Fantasies during the American Civil War”  

Click here for a more complete list of our current and past fellows and here for a list of their publications.

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