Tax-deductible gifts to the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Foundation go to fund exhibits, collections acquisition and preservation, educational programs and outreach. Both the KHS and the KHS Foundation greatly appreciate all donors and we offer many different ways to insure KHS is a recognized leader in helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's stories:
· For online donations please go to the KHS website at history.ky.gov and then to the KHS Foundation give/join page
· The KHS Foundation currently accepts checks by mail, or credit cards by phone or online
· To arrange a donation of stock or a planned gift, please call or visit the office at 100 W. Broadway in downtown Frankfort
· KHS is committed to encouraging the involvement of volunteers at all levels in the organization and within all appropriate programs and activities
· KHS receives no public funds to purchase paintings, documents, furniture, silver, porcelain and textiles of extraordinary craft or historical significance - signature pieces of Kentuckiana. Acquisition and conservation care, essential to preserving precious pieces of our past, is provided by private donations of artifacts or funding
The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (KHSF) was formed to further the educational and stewardship purposes of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) by providing assistance and support to the Society as needed. Consequently, the Foundation partners with the KHS in fulfilling its mission for engaging people in the exploration of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's diverse heritage. Through comprehensive and innovative services, interpretive programs and stewardship, the Kentucky Historical Society and the KHS Foundation provide connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future.
The last Annual Report noted that the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation,with the assistance of our generous donors:
The 2015-2016 fiscal year goals for the KHS Foundation include:
Additionally, donations provided the funds that identified thousands of documents at in Kentucky and around the country, for annotated, digital images to be included in the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition project. In 2015 the KHS received a grant from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission to begin the construction of a digital Beta-software program of these documents that will provide ease of access by researchers.
Also, in 2015 the Society completed the grant received from the CLIR Foundation to process the Churchill Weavers Collection. For 85 years, Churchill Weavers produced distinctive hand-woven clothing and home textiles in Berea, Kentucky. This outstanding and historic collection is made up of an estimated 40,000 textiles and is one of the most significant fabric archives in the Appalachian region. Because of donations to the Society, the Churchill Weavers Collection is now ready for use by researchers and others who appreciate this historic, iconic Kentucky business.
It is only through the support of donors interested in preserving and presenting Kentucky's history and heritage that the KHS Foundation will be able to continue to provide the exciting and innovative programming the commonwealth has come to expect from its state historical society.
1. How do we provide programs and activities that strengthen the connection of history to Kentuckians?
2. Can we enhance KHS’s ability to develop skills and promote the use of those skills?
3. How do we facilitate conversations about issues facing Kentucky between community leaders, local history organizations and the people they serve?
4. How do we adapt to ongoing changes in audience use and needs?
· KHS will create a series of strategic messages that draw meaningful connections between people’s interest in the past and KHS programs and services that help reveal and model the relevancy of history.
· Energize the KHS experience by being customer focused.
· Maximize reach and impact with the appropriate use of digital technology.
· KHS will implement an engagement campaign that promotes strategic messages connecting people’s interests to KHS programs and services.
· KHS will emphasize outreach, engagement, and partnerships that allow themes and dialogue to originate from key audiences.
· KHS will build out a comprehensive advancement program that will strengthen financial support.
· KHS will help drive a national history relevance campaign.
· KHS will assess, and continually reassess, all KHS programs and services to model and reinforce intended outcomes.
· KHS will align the organizational structure to support our mission and core values.
· KHS will prepare for the increased financial success that the Operational Strategies A and B approach will bring.
· Continue real-time strategy formation to continually evaluate and guide KHS’s response to opportunities and challenges
The KHS’s assets include:
• Statewide mandate (KRS 171.311/KHS Foundation)
• Staff connections/professional engagement
• Collections are real.
• KHS has the public’s trust; we know where to find the answers.
• KHS is the Kentucky Historical Society, not just a historical society in Kentucky.
• Truthfulness and transparency in our work and programs
• Our location — state government hub
• Name recognition, especially the Old State Capitol
• Hybrid nature of KHS
• KHS is the National History Day state coordinator.
The KHS provides:
• Informal history learning
• Quality of professional output
• Access to collections and knowledge
• Open to partnerships and collaborations
• Learning opportunities from the “curious” to the “scholar” and everyone in between
We have the advantage of being the “home” of the:
• Kentucky historical markers program
• The Register of the Kentucky
The KHS has a mandate to:
· Make a concerted effort to “touch” as many Kentuckians throughout the Commonwealth with
various programs and services as possible.
• A major emphasis on serving out-of-state and international customers.
Constituents KHS serves:
• Students (target middle school)
• Local history organizations
• General public (walk-ins, many of whom are families with children)
• State & local elected officials (inform public policy & advocacy)
• KHS members/donors
• KHS/KHSF board members
• High school students
• Young adults
KHS develops programming that connects people to the relevance of history and that makes
an impact in the areas of:
• Field services
• Youth programs
• Educator programs
• Adult programs
• General programs
• Scholarly programs
• Speaker’s bureau
• Research for general consumption performed by KHS staff
KHS and the KHSF will work to increase earned income and private sector contributions significantly as well as to sustain state General Fund support and federal grants. Our goal is to achieve a more balanced combination of fund sources (50% state, 10% federal grants, 20% earned income and 20% private sector contributions).
Too many of our youth believe history has nothing to offer them; we must convince them that they are part of the continuum that is Kentucky’s narrative. The Kentucky Junior Historical Society is a program funded by the KHS Foundation's. The KJHS / KHD program is at the heart of a pipeline that takes young Kentuckians on a journey of discovery from pre-school years through university graduate study. Given the limited classroom Kentucky history instruction required, KHS educational programs are more important than ever before. Donations to the KHS Foundation ensures we introduce a new generation of learners to Kentucky’s past through programs like the Kentucky Junior Historical Society.
The Kentucky Historical Society has witnessed firsthand the transforming power of Kentucky history upon the lives of students, educators, families, and communities throughout our state. Annual Fund programs like the Kentucky Junior Historical Society create engaged citizens who lead the state in learning and positive skills that last a lifetime.
Since the founding of the Kentucky Historical Society in 1836, the directive to collect important pieces of Kentucky history has been part of the Society’s mission. Prominent Kentuckians intent on preserving the history of the commonwealth met and formed the Society to guarantee that this work was accomplished. Today, the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation is being asked to reconstitute, renew, and continue that effort by providing the funding:
The Papers of the Kentucky Civil War Governors Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K/DDE) will bring together the records of Kentucky's Civil War chief executives into a single digital database. This database will provide free and instantly accessible information to all researchers interested in the Civil War experience in Kentucky.
Include in the edition will be the papers of the three Union governors
and the two Confederate governors:
CWG-K/DDE seeks support to initially produce a beta version of the digital documentary edition, including 4,000 to 5,000 transcribed and edited documents, with the beta-product of an electronically published edition by the end of the 2016-17 project year.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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