Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in Kentucky history. In addition to research articles (and occasionally historiographic essays), each issue features an extensive book review section, typically on a wide array of U.S. history topics.

Published since 1903, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is available in print and electronically on Project MUSE. Archived issues (from 1903 to the present, with a five-year moving wall) are available on JSTOR.

Full Run Table of Contents (PDF) | Index, vols. 68-110 (1970-2012) (PDF)

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Karida Brown – UCLA
Dr. Anya Jabour – University of Montana
Dr. Joseph Pearson – Union College
Dr. Fay Yarbrough – Rice University

Dr. Jonathan Chu – University of Massachusetts-Boston
Dr. Joy M. Giguere – Pennsylvania State University-York
Dr. Timothy Minchin – La Trobe University (Australia)
Dr. Jessica Wilkerson – West Virginia State University

Dr. Chad Montrie – University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Dr. Katherine C. Mooney – Florida State University
Dr. Aaron D. Purcell – Virginia Tech
Dr. Honor Sachs – University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Interviews with Register Contributors

Podcast interviews from the WEKU radio program with Tom Martin, Eastern Standard, also available on iTunes.

  • Gary O’Dell on horse racing in 18th and 19th century Kentucky.
  • Dr. Anne Marshall and Dr. Joy Giguere on the removal or relocation of Confederate statues.
  • Dr. Jessica Wilkerson, author of “To Live Here You Have to Fight,” discusses the determination of women in Appalachia.
  • Dr. Caroline Peyton (part 1) and (part 2) author of “Kentucky’s Atomic Graveyard: Maxey Flats & Environmental Inequity in Rural America,” (Vol. 115, No. 2 | Spring 2017). The article won two national history awards.
  • Courtney Kisat discusses her award-winning Register article on birth control access in eastern Kentucky. Her article, “Completely Sold on Birth Control”: Rural Extension Work of the Kentucky Birth Control League, 1933–1942 (Vol. 116, Nos. 3&4 | Summer/Autumn 2018) won two national history awards.
  • Zada Komara, Lecturer in the Lewis Honors College at UK, and Kentucky Appalachian Studies colleague interviewed by Dr. Stephanie Lang on coal camps and material culture in Appalachia.
  • Thomas Weyent, Assistant professor at Black Hills State University, shares on Cold War Christmas in Appalachia.
  • Richard Bailey, Chair/Associate Professor at Canisius College and KHS Research Fellow speaks on his research on Wendell Berry.
  • Aaron Purcell, Director, Special Collections Virginia Tech and KHS Research Fellow talks about Cumberland Falls

YouTube interviews playlist with KHS Research Fellows

Contents of Current Issue

VOL. 117, NOS. 3&4 | SUMMER/AUTUMN 2019

Walter L. Hixson, Guest Editor

By Walter L. Hixson



Louisville’s Germans in the Civil War Era
By Joseph R. Reinhart

Mobilization and Its Discontents: Desertion, Crawfishing, and Feigned Illnesses in Kentucky during the Spanish-American War
By David C. Turpie

“A nurse’s duty”: Mary Curry Desha Breckinridge and the Feminine Professional Ethic of Self-Sacrifice in Progressive-Era America
By Anya Jabour

Supporting the Troops, Debating the War: The Persian Gulf War in Kentucky
By David Fitzgerald



Print Subscription

Print edition subscriptions are $40 per year for individuals and $60 per year for institutions, plus 6% sales tax. If you are a tax-exempt organization, please include documentation. To subscribe, call 502-564-1792, or email KHS members receive an electronic subscription as a member benefit.

Back Issues

Recent back issues are available in print for purchase. Regular issues are $12 double issues are $15 plus 6% sales tax. Call 502-564-1792.

Article Submissions

Although dedicated to Kentucky history, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society strives to be historiographically relevant to scholars everywhere. We, therefore, seek article submissions that effectively engage in significant scholarly debates. We subject submitted manuscripts to a rigorous review and editing process before we publish them. We welcome submissions on all aspects and time periods of Kentucky history.

Prospective authors should watch for our posted Calls for Papers on H-Kentucky and elsewhere.

To inquire or to submit a manuscript, email Dr. Stephanie Lang, Editor.

Submission Guide (PDF) | Style Guide (Word)