Pass the Word
Pass the Word is a discovery tool for oral history collections throughout the Commonwealth, sponsored by the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC). With more than 100 Kentucky organizations contributing information, new content that helps answer questions about our past continues to be added all the time. Since its establishment in 1976, the KOHC has identified more than 35,000 interviews and their locations, now all searchable in this convenient online database.
Pass the Word is made possible through the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kentucky Historical Foundation.
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Want to get a taste of the content you can discover in Pass the Word?
Check out the 2013 Legislative Moments…
These are 30 short essays highlighting Kentucky’s oral history collections, searchable online at Pass the Word. One legislative moment was presented each day of the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly session. They are also published in print and distributed online as resources for the general public.
- First U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren, and Todd County Roots
- Women’s Basketball Banned in Kentucky
- 80 years later, the Civil Conservation Corp thumbprint is still on Kentucky
- South Central Kentucky Basket Making Traditions
- “The Philosopher,” Edward F. Prichard Jr.
- Mary Wheeler, Paducah’s Songcatcher
- Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Preserving Kentucky’s Country Music
- “The Man that Moved Mountains” – The Pikeville Cut-Through Project
- Land Between the Lakes, the largest inland peninsula in the United States
- Creating a Legacy: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
- From Washington County to Taiwan, Hugh Grundy was the Perfect Front
- Jesse Grider Knew About “The Problem We All Live With”
- From Adair County to the National Stage, Allie Hixson Led the Fight for Equal Rights
- Baseball in Kentucky
- Kenton County Legend Ballard “Pappy” Raborn Taylor
- Western Kentucky Black Patch War, 1904 – 1909
- The Desegregation of Sturgis High School
- Appalachian-Based Settlement Schools Left Their Mark in Eastern Kentucky
- Benjamin E. Clement: A Gem of a Legacy
- Kentucky’s Nuns: Providing educational, health and social services since 1812
- A Personal and Public Advocate for Racial Equality, J. Blaine Hudson Leaves a Large Legacy
- Writer and Painter Harlan Hubbard Embraced the Simple Life
- African-Americans in Kentucky’s Horse Industry
- Cora Wilson Stewart: The “Moonlight Lady” who led the Nation Toward Literacy
- Greenup County’s Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean Conflict
- First Rural Nurse-Midwife Service in the U.S.
- Kentucky Bourbon
- Immigration and Kentucky’s Coal Industry
- Kentucky’s Company D: The Harrodsburg Tankers
- Mary Ann Fisher, the Songbird of the South