Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Receives American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Renewal
Ky. (March 13, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has achieved
continued accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
Accreditation is the highest recognition AAM awards to museums and signifies
excellence within the museum community.
accreditation means more than just passing a white-glove test. Reviewers
attempt to measure impact,” said Kent Whitworth, KHS executive director. “We’re
thrilled that by granting us continued accreditation, our colleagues are saying
‘You’re making a difference in communities all across Kentucky’.”
accreditation in 2005 and recently completed the renewal process.
included a rigorous self-study and a peer site visit. Both focused on areas
that demonstrate an institution’s commitment to museum best practices and
standards of the field, including public trust, collections stewardship,
education and interpretation and financial stability.
continues to exhibit excellence in the stewardship of its historic resources,
engagement of appropriate communities and audiences, (and) attention to
supporting history education. The organization has the staff and board members
to successfully plan for the future, secure necessary resources and implement
plans to make a difference in the lives of Kentuckians,” the site visit team
wrote in its report.
KHS, one of
five AAM-accredited museums in Kentucky, is headquartered at the Thomas D.
Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Its campus includes
the nearby Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum.
Accreditation encompasses all three locations and the scope of KHS activities.
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,