Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Receives American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Renewal

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Contact: Laurel Harper
laurel.harper@ky.gov
502-564-1792
 


FRANKFORT, 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.

 

“AAM 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’.”

 

KHS received accreditation in 2005 and recently completed the renewal process.

 

That 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.

 

“The KHS 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.

 

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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 history.ky.gov.