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Local History Organizations from 13 Kentucky Counties Receive Funding

Local History Organizations from 13 Kentucky Counties Receive Funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 10, 2022) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) announced additional recipients of the 2021 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 13 Kentucky counties received grants totaling $30,936.42. Individual amounts range from $1,200 to $2,500 for projects related to research, exhibition expansion, technology updates, and programming.

Below are the organizations and projects receiving grant funding:


Allen County Historical Society (Scottsville) $1200

Restoration of a former Louisville & Nashville locomotive to its original L&N color scheme.


Archdiocese of Louisville Archives (Jefferson County), $2500

Expansion of the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center exhibits with the purchase of new custom-made cases.


Behringer-Crawford Museum (Covington, Kenton County), $2474.34

Purchase of a large gun safe to preserve newly acquired Civil War-era weapons and safety and handling training provided by the Kenton County Sheriff’s office.


Capital City Museum (Frankfort, Franklin County), $2500

New and updated interpretive signage at Fort Hill and Fort Boone historic sites in Franklin County.


Friends of Cherokee State Resort Park (Aurora, Marshall County), $2500

Programming related to the history of segregation in public accommodations.


Harrodsburg Historical Society (Mercer County), $2500

Creation of the temporary exhibit, “Harrodsburg Stories: A Community Collection,” highlights the importance of artifacts and community collecting to preserve the area’s stories.


Lexington History Museum (Lexington, Fayette County) $2500

Creation of the inaugural exhibition about Rev. Adam Rankin at the Rankin House, the Lexington History Museum’s new home.


McCreary County Museum (Stearns) $2489.98

An update to the McCreary County Museum’s collection management system and the purchase of laptops to catalog and maintain records of the museum’s archival collection.


McDowell House Museum (Danville, Boyle County), $1218.95

Upgraded technology for the McDowell House’s educational team to film and distribute virtual field trips.


Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site (Tompkinsville, Monroe County), $1825

Creation and installation of 11 new interpretive signs at the site.


River Discovery Center (Paducah, McCracken County), $2463.15

Purchase of educational materials, including historical games, for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming at the Center.


Shelby County Historical Society (Shelbyville), $2500

Purchase of a large case and pedestal for rotation exhibitions at the Shelby County Historical Society.


Western Kentucky University Foundation on behalf of the Kentucky Museum (Bowling Green, Warren County), $2465.00

Conservation of a circa 1898 wedding dress made by the Mrs. A. H. Taylor Company of Bowling Green.


Whitehall House and Gardens (Louisville, Jefferson County), $1800

Hiring of an independent researcher to investigate the early residents of Whitehall to provide a complete story of the home, its inhabitants, and the neighborhood.


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 administrators, KHS has awarded nearly 50 local history organizations to date, with more than $96,450 distributed across the commonwealth. For more information, visit

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