Kentucky Historical Society Invests in Four Organizations through Local History Trust Fund

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 2021) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) announced the 2021 recipients of the 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 four Kentucky counties received grants totaling $5,875.  Individual amounts range from $335 to $2,500 for projects related to technology updates and programming. The Kentucky Local History Trust Fund grant recipients are as follows:

The Berry Center (New Castle, Henry County), $1,100.

The Self-Directed Tours Project will develop and implement self-directed tours at The Berry Center, resulting in an interchangeable collection of displays and educational posters.  This will not only enrich the public’s understanding of The Berry Center’s mission but will also draw visitation to the town of New Castle, Our Home Place Market, and The Berry Center Bookstore.  These new tours will emphasize the message on the value of “good farming as the proper use and care of an immeasurable gift.” (Wendell Berry)

The SEEK Museum (Russellville, Logan County), $1,940.

The Welcome Video Project will purchase the equipment necessary to create and implement an introductory video for visitors to the Bibb House, the first building of the SEEK museum.

Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County (Hopkinsville, Christian County), $2,500.

The Kentucky New Era-Wood Family Archive Project will establish a climate-controlled repository to house the extensive collection of the Kentucky New Era newspaper.  The publication was established in 1869 and continues to document the lives and events of Hopkinsville and Christian County.  Project funds will unify a scattered collection and preserve the bound volumes of these newspapers. 

The Lincoln Museum (Hodgenville, LaRue County), $335.

The History and Heritage: Collection Management in the Digital Age Project provides training and support for updated collections management procedures.  Funds will purchase staff training in collections management programs to develop a collections management plan focused on greater accessibility. 

The Kentucky Local History Trust Fund is a tax option allowing Kentuckians to donate a portion of their state income tax refund.  As the administrators of the fund, KHS has awarded over $65,500 to nearly 50 local history organizations across the commonwealth.  

For more information, visit history.ky.gov.

 

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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.

 

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