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19 Local History Organizations from 15 Kentucky Counties Receive Funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 11, 2023) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) announced recipients of the 2022 Kentucky Local History Trust Fund grants, a funding pool that supports the efforts of local history organizations to preserve and share Kentucky stories. 

Organizations in 15 Kentucky counties received grants totaling $44,443.78. Individual amounts range from $1,790 to $2,500 for projects related to research, exhibition expansion, technology updates, and programming. 

Below are the organizations and projects receiving grants:

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP (Hodgenville, LaRue County) – $2,500

Living history presenters for the park’s annual two-day education event, Walk Through Lincoln’s Life, to be held on September 13-14, 2023.

Appalshop Inc. (Whitesburg, Letcher County) – $2,500

Management of flood-damaged archival collection, including staff resources to clean, label and catalog.

Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation (Lexington, Fayette County) – $2,500

Funding for the Blue Grass Trust 2023-24 Virtual deTours program – free, documentary-style films widely distributed through email, website, and social media platforms.

Calloway County Fiscal Court (Murray, Calloway County) – $2,000

Production of a video documentary of the 200+-year history of Calloway County. 

Cave Hill Heritage Foundation (Louisville, Jefferson County) – $2,500

Celebrating 175 Years of Cave Hill – creating and promoting lectures focusing on undiscovered or unreported stories at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum (Fort Thomas, Campbell County) – $2,199

Purchase equipment for scanning and digitizing a collection of thousands of document pages.

Henry Clay Memorial Foundation (Lexington, Fayette County) – $2,500

Ashland Slave Dwelling Project – an archaeological survey conducted to examine enslaved individuals’ living conditions and experiences.

Historic Locust Grove (Louisville, Jefferson County) – $2,000

Exhibit materials for Louisa’s House – the purchase of educational props and period-appropriate items for the exhibit space.

Livingston County Historical Society (Smithland, Livingston County) – $2,290.84

Purchase supplies for the preservation and protection of historical documents and artifacts.

Mt. Washington Historical Society (Mt. Washington, Bullitt County) – $2,500

Mt. Washington History Walk Project – installation of markers at 10-12 sites in the city center that hold significant historical value.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries (Greenville, Muhlenburg County) – $2,500

Digitization of Family and Community File Collection – digital preservation of the vast collection of family and community history files to enhance public accessibility.

Red River Historical Society (Clay City, Powell County) – $2,500

Online collections management through software that will preserve and protect a repository of thousands of records, artifacts, and archives.

River Discovery Center (Paducah, McCracken County) – $2,500

Subscription to the Lewis and Clark film series to increase awareness of the Lewis and Clark Trail, boost school and group participation, and use in the proposed Adventure School West Event.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (Harrodsburg, Mercer County) – $2,500

Signage, graphics, and other print media for the Searching for Sister Mary exhibit.

Shelby County Historical Society (Shelbyville, Shelby County) – $2,500

The professional design and production of an interpretive panel at the existing Skirmish Near Simpsonville memorial site on U.S. 60. 

The Berry Center (New Castle, Henry County) – $2,108

Brochures and equipment to enhance self-guided tours.

The Conrad-Caldwell House (Louisville, Jefferson County) – $2,055.94

Development and installation of a permanent exhibit, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Reinterpretation of the Servants Hall, focusing on the daily lives of domestic servants who worked and lived in the home between 1895 and 1925.

The Lincoln Museum (Hodgenville, LaRue County) – $2,500

Continuation of the Lincoln Museum’s digital archives project encompassing the documentation and recording of artifacts, records, books, and exhibit materials gathered over 33 years.

The West Point Kentucky History Museum (West Point, Hardin County) – $1,790

Creating a brochure for a walking tour of West Point, focusing on the West Point Historic District.

The Kentucky Local History Trust Fund is a tax option where Kentuckians donate a portion of their state income tax refund via Line 38f. As the fund administrator, KHS has, to date, awarded 63 local history organizations with more than $141,000 distributed across the commonwealth. For more information, visit


The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is an agency in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The KHS campus has three sites in historic downtown Frankfort:  The Old State Capitol; the Kentucky Military History Museum; and the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History serving as KHS headquarters with a signature museum, exhibits, library, research facilities, object & archival collections, museum store and more. KHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and has full American Alliance of Museums accreditation.

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