Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Announces Oral History Grant Recipients
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2015) – The Kentucky Oral History
Commission (KOHC), an agency of the Kentucky Historical Society, has awarded $29,202
in new grants to support oral history projects. These projects range from
Appalshop in the Appalachian Mountains to a New Deal agricultural program in western
Kentucky, and integration of Eastern Kentucky University to Kentucky Derby
New project recipients and their projects are:
Video History Project: $5,000 to create an oral history collection that
will be used in different projects to mark Appalshop’s 50th
anniversary in 2019. Project director: Jeffrey A. Keith. Institutional Partner:
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky.
on the Government Place: Negotiating Regional Farmways in the Era of New Deal
Agriculture on Western Kentucky’s Christian-Trigg Farms Project: $4,844 to
document the experiences of farm families that were part of the Christian-Trigg
Farms Project, a New Deal resettlement farming experience established in Christian
County. Project director: Jess Lamar Reece Holler. Institutional Partner: Western
Black: Integration at Eastern Kentucky University: $3,608 to capture the
memories and stories of students, administrators and faculty members who
experienced integration at Eastern Kentucky University. Project director:
Michael A.J. Randolph. Institutional Partner: Eastern Kentucky University.
Transcription/indexing grant recipients are:
the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project: $3,600 to transcribe 30
hours of interviews from a project that documents life in Allen County,
Kentucky. Project director: Karen Hogg. Institutional Partner: Western Kentucky
River Oral History Indexing Project: $4,830, to index digitized files and
upload them to Eastern Kentucky University’s Oral History Center website.
Project director: Crystal Allen-Daniels. Institutional Partner: Eastern
Heritage Transcriptions of Adair County: $2,340 to transcribe interviews
about African-American life in Adair County. Project director: Wanda
Washington. Institutional Partner: Kentucky Historical
Derby: $4,980 to transcribe interviews the museum has conducted with
Kentucky Derby winners and former Churchill Downs employees since 2006. They chart
the individual Kentucky Derby experience and provide perspective on both the
change in the event and of Churchill Downs. Project director: Chris Goodlett,
Kentucky Derby Museum.
Now in its 39th year of providing financial
and technical support for oral historians and oral history archives in
Kentucky, the KOHC has facilitated oral history documentation of more than
30,000 interviews in all 120 counties of the Commonwealth. More information on
these and other oral history collections in Kentucky is at passtheword.ky.gov.