From the Archives

From the Archives is a blog series by KHS staff Deana Thomas and Casey Castro-Bracho that examines unique collections and stories from the collections of the Kentucky Historical Society. Check back on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month for more from this series!


Howe and Salyers family scrapbook collection

Blog by Deana Thomas

Post 1 | Howe-Salyers family Scrapbook collection series (posted May 4, 2020)

Post 2 | Scrapbook 41: “Some Stories About Our World” (posted Sept. 29, 2020)

Post 3 | “How much did Americans know about World War II” (posted Oct. 14, 2020)

Post 4 | “Student Life at the University of Kentucky” (posted on Oct. 27, 2020)


Oct. 20, 2020, Deana talked with Fran and David Salyers about the immense scrapbook collection that they donated to KHS, and discussed the historical perspective and the stories contained within the collection.


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Civilian Conservation Corps Newsletters

Blog by Casey Castro-Bracho

Post 1 | The Civilian Conservation Corps Newsletters (posted Nov. 11, 2020)

Post 2 |Local Kentucky Communities and the CCC (posted Nov. 24, 2020)

Post 3 | Projects of the Kentucky CCC (posted Dec. 8, 2020)

Post 4 | Education and Experiences in Kentucky CCC Camps (posted Dec. 22, 2020)


Nov. 17, 2020, Casey shared several examples from our Civilian Conservation Corps collection.


Charles C. Lawrence Jr. scrapbooks

Blog by Deana Thomas

Post 5 | The Interesting history of the Charles C. Lawrence Jr. scrapbooks (posted Jan. 13, 2021)

Post 6 | The Struggles of Charles and Laura Lawrence (posted Jan. 26, 2021)


May 5, 2020, Deana introduced us to our scrapbook collection, including the Charles C. Lawrence Jr. scrapbooks, and the Howe and Salyers family scrapbooks at the beginning of this series. (Note: the audio is poor)


The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

Blog by Casey Castro-Bracho

Post 5 | The Image of a Kentucky Colonel (posted March 17, 2020)

Post 6 | Charity and Controversy in the HOKC (scheduled to post on March 24, 2020)