Kentucky Historical Society

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy


100 W BroadwayFrankfort, KY 40601 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission We educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.


Our mission is served through:

  • Museum collections, housing more than 120,000 artifacts
  • Oral History collection, containing 8,000 oral history interviews
  • Libraries and Special Collections housing more than 90,000 published works, 16,000 reels of microfilm, 200,000 historic photographs, 1,900 cubic feet of manuscripts and 2,000 maps.

Our History Campus
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 Old State Arsenal. The headquarters of KHS, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, was completed in April 1999. This 167,000-square-foot, $29-million facility in downtown Frankfort has welcomed more than a million visitors and earned many awards for excellence.


Would you recommend Kentucky Historical Society?
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by Lillie Gale M. (April 22, 2021)
I had an opportunity to be a virtual regional judge for two of Kentucky's National History Day (NHD) contests with the Kentucky Historical Society. They were organized, informative, and friendly in presenting the why, what, when, where, and how of being a successful judge for the contests. They also provided an orientation and other resources for reference, making it a win-win situation. Working with this organization on these events was very rewarding.

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