KOHC Awards 3 Grants to Oral History Projects

Administered by the Kentucky Historical Society, The Kentucky Oral History Commission grant program offers funding, equipment, and training grants to assist amateur or professional oral historians with oral history research projects on topics of particular significance to Kentucky. These grants encourage statewide participation in the collection and preservation of historically valuable interviews.

The Kentucky Oral History Commission met recently and awarded the following grants:

Cornerstones of Russell project funds the transcription and auditing of 20-25 interviews to be used for a book publication (Cornerstones of Russell) and supplemental materials in a re-release of Louisville gospel music.

The Carr Fork Oral History project documents the experiences of those displaced by the creation of the Carr Fork Reservoir in Knott County, KY. By documenting the cultural knowledge of families from the floodplain, we better understand the lives and traditions of these six Kentucky communities. 

LGBTQ+ in Southcentral Kentucky project focuses on the LGBTQ+ experiences in southcentral Kentucky, with emphasis on the Western Kentucky University community. The KOHC grant award funds approximately 30 interviews with LGBTQ+ students and alumni from WKU, along with training for WKU students to conduct oral history interviews.

About the Kentucky Oral History Commission

The Kentucky Historical Society houses the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), the only state commission in the nation committed to statewide oral history documentation through granting programs and outreach. KOHC reaches across the state to record and preserve the diverse stories that make up Kentucky’s rich and colorful history.

Since 1976 KOHC has:

  • Awarded over $1 million to more than 600 individuals, colleges, universities, and community organizations, resulting in the collection of more than 35,000 interviews in repositories throughout the state.
  • Secured nearly 10,000 interviews within the KHS Collection, making it one of the largest in the U.S.

For more information about KOHC, and the grants available, click here

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