Fourth Annual Kentucky Archives Week October 9-15
Kentuckians throughout the commonwealth will celebrate their rich archival heritage during the fourth annual Kentucky Archives Week, October 9-15, 2005. In Frankfort, the Education Cabinet’s Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) will feature three lunchtime speakers during the week at the Clark-Cooper Building, 300 Coffee Tree Road.
“It's that time of the year when Americans take time to celebrate their history. Kentuckians are blessed to be a part of the world's oldest democracy, and this didn't happen by chance. This week we take time to honor those who have made our communities, institutions, states and country what they are today. We at KDLA hope every Kentuckian will take a moment this week to learn more about his or her own history as part of Kentucky Archives Week,” said James A. Nelson, the state librarian and commissioner of the KDLA.
“There are many opportunities to learn about your community at your local libraries, but we also want Kentuckians to know that the great repository we have in their state capital of Frankfort is open to everyone and we encourage you to get familiar with it during Kentucky Archives Week and throughout the year,” he said.
The brown bag lunch events will be held in the Clark-Cooper Building’s activity room beginning at noon and lasting about 30 minutes. Speakers include:
- Oct. 11, Lisa Thompson will discuss early health care in Kentucky in “Quacks, Pill Peddlers, and Noble Healers: Tracking the Medical Professions,”
- Oct. 12, Jim Prichard, KDLA’s Research Room supervisor, will address family values in a talk called “Community Values and the Courts: Profanity, Indecency, and Other Scandalous Behavior in Old Kentucky” and
- Oct. 13, Walter Bowman will give a talk about war called “Kentuckians in the Spanish American War the Philippine Insurrection.”
Nearly 300 archival and manuscript repositories in Kentucky hold archival records that document the state’s history and life, such as papers, photographs, diaries, letters, and government records including deeds and wills. Many of these institutions are hosting open houses, exhibits, special programs and speakers to highlight historical materials available for research in Kentucky archival and manuscript repositories. For a complete listing of events across the state, see http://archivesweek.ky.gov or call (502) 564-8300 ext. 249.
Kentucky Archives Week is sponsored by the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and the KDLA.
KDLA provides grants, technical assistance and direct services to libraries, archival repositories and public agencies throughout Kentucky. In addition, it offers reference, research and specialized information services from Frankfort. For more information about KDLA services and directions to the Clark-Cooper Building, go to www.kdla.ky.gov.
The Education Cabinet coordinates learning programs from P-16, and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about our programs, visit www.educationcabinet.ky.gov or call 502-564-6606.