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Kentucky Historical Society Announces 2018 Kentucky History Award Winners

People and organizations across the Commonwealth received recognition for their efforts to promote and preserve state and local history recently when the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented its 2018 Kentucky History Awards. KHS honored these recipients Nov. 9 in Frankfort:

Service/Special Awards

  • Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, Thomas D. Clark Award of Excellence
  • Karl Lietzenmayer, Covington, Lifetime Dedication to History
  • Glen Conner, Scottsville, Award of Distinction
  • Bill Cooke, International Museum of the Horse, Frank R. Levstik Award for Professional Service
  • Kentucky Folklife Program/Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, Community Impact Award

Publication Awards

  • Clay County Historical Society, “The Clay We Were: A Visual Journey”
  • Shelby County Historical Society, “Salute to the Past: The Shaping of Shelby County, Kentucky”
  • Carol Boggess, “James Still: A Life”
  • Tom Jones, “On a Burning Deck: Return to Akron,” Vols. 1&2

Education Awards

  • International Museum of the Horse, “Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf” exhibit
  • Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution/Duncan Tavern, “First Annual Kentucky Heritage Preservation Symposium”
  • Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum, “The Great War: Kentucky and Beyond” exhibit
  • Behringer-Crawford Museum, “Korea: The Forgotten War” exhibit

KHS also honored April Deener, a teacher at Edith J. Hayes Middle School in Lexington, who was Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher of the Year for Kentucky; and Collins Award recipient, S. Zebulon Baker, senior associate director of the University Honors Program, Miami University. The Collins Award goes to the author of an article from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to Kentucky history. Baker’s article, “‘On the Opposite Side of the Fence’: The University of Kentucky and the Racial Desegregation of the Southeastern Conference,” was in the autumn 2017 issue of The Register.


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