Kentucky Historical Society
KHS Launches New Smartphone App: ‘ExploreKYHistory’ Users Can Explore Kentucky History Online and On the Road
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2012) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is expanding its offerings to connect communities with local history through a new smartphone application, “ExploreKYHistory.”
“ExploreKYHistory” will be available in both Google Play and iTunes application stores by Aug. 16.
The app connects Kentucky communities by combining the history behind each community-driven historical marker, related items in the KHS collections and user-submitted images and stories into mapped points of interest. Related historical markers across the Commonwealth are then grouped together into tours.
"What's great about this app is it takes the Historical Markers Program, which is something that's really significant to people and their communities, and ties it to a much larger story, like the Civil War," says Jody Blankenship, KHS education director. “These are local pieces of history that communities consider most important, and the app makes these available to everyone, in the palm of their hands.”
The first available tour is Civil War related. A War of 1812 tour will be released in the fall.
KHS hopes to connect communities further by eliciting participation from local historical societies and Kentucky citizens. Users will be able to submit images and stories for inclusion in the app.
To find out more about this and other KHS programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, 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 the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.