Kentucky Historical Society
KHS Foundation Awarded Grant for Replacement HistoryMobile
Frankfort, KY--The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. The generous grant will go toward the purchase of a replacement tractor to pull the KHS HistoryMobile.
Because of its extensive travel schedule that includes destinations all over the state, the HistoryMobile’s well-worn tractor is due to be replaced. Through the support of the Kentucky Colonels, the KHS Foundation is over half way to the needed $35,000 to purchase a new tractor.
“The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels has been an enduring supporter of the Society’s HistoryMobile program since its founding in the early 1970s,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of the KHS Foundation. “Thanks to generous grants from the Colonels, the HistoryMobile continues to travel to isolated rural schools and communities as well as urban centers to share Kentucky’s history with students and families.”
A mobile museum housed in a 45-foot tractor-trailer, the HistoryMobile presents a wide variety of exhibits on Kentucky History. Since the beginning of the program in 1973, more than one million Kentuckians—more than 500,000 of which have been students—have experienced the HistoryMobile.
As part of the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial commemoration, the traveling museum currently features an exhibit entitled “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln.” This year is on track to be record-setting with more than 50,000 guests touring the exhibit about the sixteenth president and Kentucky native.
To learn more about the KHS Foundation, visit history.ky.gov. For more information on the KHS HistoryMobile or to schedule the HistoryMobile for your community, contact David Whealdon, HistoryMobile program coordinator, at 502-563-1792, ext. 4503. To find out more about Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial commemoration, visit www.kylincoln.org.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million-dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site at www.history.ky.gov.