Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Announces 2015 Kentucky History Award Winners

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015)The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) recently presented the 2015 Kentucky History Awards to people, communities and organizations who have shown a consistent effort to promote the preservation and appreciation of Kentucky's state and local history.


KHS honored these recipients Nov. 6 at the annual Kentucky History Awards dinner:


Service/Special Awards

      Dr. Nelson L. Dawson, Louisville, Frank R. Levstik Award

      Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, Campbellsville, Award of Distinction

      Boone County Local History Department at the Boone County Public Library, Burlington; Thomas D. Clark Award of Excellence

      Al Smith, Lexington, Lifetime Dedication to Kentucky History

      Bill Neikirk, Somerset, William R. Buster Award

Education Awards

      River Discovery Center, Paducah, “Mound Builders Program”

    Jack Jouett House Historic Site, Versailles, “Jack Jouett Archaeology Project”

      Oldham County History Center, LaGrange, “Honoring Our World War II Veterans”

      Louisville Water Company, Louisville, WaterWorks Museum

      Kentucky Commission on Women, Frankfort, “Dreamers and Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women”

      Shelby County Historical Society, Shelbyville, “History Camp 2014: Kentucky in the 1812 Era”

      Lincoln Foundation, Simpsonville, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Birthplace Interpretive Center

Publication Awards

    Covington 200 Project, Covington, “Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015”

    Randell Jones, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; “Daniel Boone’s Trail – Online”

    Woodford County Heritage Committee, Versailles, “Jack Jouett – Portrait of an American Hero”

    Luke E. Harlow, Knoxville, Tennessee; “Religion, Race and the Making of Confederate Kentucky: 1830-1880”

    Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum, Paris, “Architectural Walking Tour: Downtown Paris, KY”

    Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, “Kentucky Creative Industry Report”

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society also recognized J. Michael Rhyne as recipient of the Richard H. Collins Award. Rhyne wrote “‘A Blood Stained Sin’: Slavery, Freedom, and Guerrilla Warfare in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, 1863-65” published in Volume 112, no. 4 (Autumn 2014) of The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. The award goes annually to the author of a Register article that has been judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to Kentucky history.


The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit