Kentucky Historical Society
KHS Now Accepting Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Applications
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Historical Society is pleased to announce that applications for the Kentucky Historical Highway Marker program are currently being accepted. The application deadlines for 2008 are April 1 and October 1.
The Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program, administered by the Kentucky Historical Society in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, commemorates historical sites, events, and personalities throughout the commonwealth.
Through the program, the wealth of history which is Kentucky's past is made accessible to the public as they travel along the state's roadways on markers which stimulate an interest in the history of local communities. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that add drama and interest to the countryside for native Kentuckians as well as tourists.
The goal of the Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program is to connect events and personalities with their place, to bring the past to life, and to increase the awareness of what we owe to those who came before us. The subjects of the more than 1900 markers in Kentucky are varied. There are markers that tell of a duel of honor, a seven-year-old boy who served as a drummer in the Revolutionary War, and the 1937 Ohio River flood. Others highlight Moonlight Schools that were established to combat illiteracy, an Indian academy, and the first state-supported school for the hearing-impaired in the U.S.
Thirty marker applications will be accepted in 2008. Fifteen applications will be accepted after the April 1 spring deadline and fifteen applications will be accepted after the October 1 fall deadline. Prospective applicants can download the Kentucky Historical Highway Marker application from the Kentucky Historical Society Web site by clicking on the "Community Historians" link.
For more information, contact Becky Vittetow, Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program Coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce 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 our Web site.