Kentucky Historical Society
HistoryMobile to be Part of Summer Program to Develop Visual Literacy Skills

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 19, 2014  
Contact Information:  Janene Zaccone

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 19, 2014) – Scholarship meets the graphic novel. That describes the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile and is what makes it a perfect fit for a University of Louisville camp focused on developing visual literacy skills June 23-27 at Westport Middle School.


Students at the Louisville camp, Summer Flight, will tour the HistoryMobile on June 25 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EDT. The semitrailer carries the exhibit “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentucky in the Civil War Era” and uses a graphic-novel approach to tell the stories of eight Kentuckians who lived in the Civil War era. Summer Flight teachers will use the exhibit’s accompanying comic book to teach students how to read a graphic novel.


The exhibit is not only visually engaging, but it also allows visitors to step into the historical figures’ shoes, choose what they would do if faced with the same situations and see the consequences of their choices – all of which is aimed at improving student learning and critical thinking skills.


Summer Flight is part of UofL’s Signature Partnership Initiative, a program designed to improve the lives of residents of West Louisville neighborhoods, including many students who attend Westport Middle.


The HistoryMobile visits schools and events throughout Kentucky. Since 1973, it has taken Kentucky history exhibits to at least 1 million people.


For more information on the HistoryMobile, contact Janene Zaccone,, 502-564-1792.




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