Frankfort, KY (April 27, 2004) – The Kentucky Historical Society announces the national Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award program to honor outstanding teachers of American history across the country. KHS is administering the state contest for Preserve America, a multifaceted initiative of the White House supported through partnerships with various history organizations. Nominations will be accepted through May 15, 2004.
Kentucky history teachers, K-12, are eligible for nomination and will be selected based on the following criteria:
- a deep career commitment to teaching American history
- evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom
- close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites and other primary materials of history
- demonstrated effectiveness in improving students’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for American history
Kentucky’s “History Teacher of the Year” will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque and an archive of primary source material donated by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, for use in his/her school’s library. Kentucky’s finalist will be nominated for the “National History Teacher of the Year” award.
For more information about this program, please call (502) 564-1792, ext. 4475 or visit the Web at http://history.ky.gov/Teachers/am_hist_teach.htm.
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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, Kentucky Military History Museum and its five-year-old headquarters, the Kentucky History Center. Since 1999, the $30 million History Center has welcomed almost one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web at http://history.ky.gov or call (502) 564-1792.