Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Oral History Day Shows Importance of All Stories to History

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 06, 2015  
Contact Information:  Janene Zaccone
janene.zaccone@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4490
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) and the Kentucky Council on Archives are leading historical societies, libraries and archives across the Commonwealth in commemorating Oct. 21 as Kentucky Oral History Day.

 

Kentucky institutions have actively collected people’s stories to document the state’s history and to provide a broader picture of the past than what is in written documents alone. They will spend the day working on their oral history collections to preserve, organize and better share them with researchers and others interested in Kentucky’s story.

 

“There are really wonderful and informative oral history collections across the Commonwealth, and through Kentucky Oral History Day we want to make sure these important stories can be heard long into the future,” said Allison Tracy, KOHC administrator.

 

            KOHC is the only commission of its kind in the United States, dedicated to providing financial and technical assistance to oral history repositories and oral historians. Because of it, Kentucky historical organizations, libraries and archives lead the way in collecting and preserving these stories.

            More information on Kentucky Oral History Day is at kyarchivists.com/kentucky-oral-history-day/.

           

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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. 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 history.ky.gov.