Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Receives Grant for Online Civil War Database

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 18, 2015  
Contact Information:  Patrick Lewis

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has received a grant from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission, a branch of the National Archives, to fund development of its Civil War Governors of Kentucky (CWG-K) digital edition.


The $62,400 grant will fund a web architect at KHS to develop an early access website that will make approximately 10,000 documents searchable and available online prior to the launch of the full database, which will contain as many as four times that number of documents.


CWG-K will be an annotated, searchable and freely accessible online edition of documents associated with Kentucky’s governors from 1860 to 1865.


While all of the documents in CWG-K pertain to the business of the governor’s office, many of them also tell the stories of ordinary Kentuckians and provide insight into their thoughts as well as their actions. Users not only will discover forgotten or hidden history but also will be able to search the database to connect and analyze political, business, social and familial information in ways that previously would have been difficult, if not impossible.


For more information on CWG-K, go to



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. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit