Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Veterans Fund New Web Site on Military History
Frankfort, KY (October 7, 2008)—The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) recently received a gift of $20,000 from the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board to create a new Web site that will profile the military history of the commonwealth. The generous donation will allow KHS to share Kentucky’s rich military history.
“We feel strongly that this new Web site will positively affect the well-being of Kentucky’s veterans by sharing their compelling stories with the citizenry across the length and breadth of the commonwealth,” said Marty Pinkston, member of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board. “We appreciate the good work that KHS does in serving Kentucky’s veterans.”
Set to launch in late 2009, the Web site will accompany a special exhibition, Kentucky Military Treasures, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The exhibition will showcase Kentucky’s proud military heritage through images and artifacts from KHS collections. A cup that was used to ration rice to a Kentucky POW and a soldier’s lucky cap will be among the items on display. The new Web site will ensure that these treasures, featuring all branches of the military and all wars in which Kentuckians have participated, are available to all Kentuckians.
The timing of this token of support for KHS is especially appropriate, as 2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund and the tenth anniversary of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). Though KDVA administers the Trust Fund, the board is independent of KDVA.
“We are truly excited about our partnership with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Kent Whitworth, director of KHS. “The project provides a great opportunity to expand our work with Kentucky’s veteran community.”
The Web site and Kentucky Military Treasures demonstrate KHS’s continued commitment to the preservation and presentation of Kentucky’s military history while the Kentucky Military History Museum is closed for renovation.
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.