FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society features historic downtown Danville in a new smartphone application tour.


KHS launched a series of “ExploreKYHistory” smartphone tours in summer 2012. Available tour themes now include Civil War, War of 1812, Abraham Lincoln and University of Kentucky. Explore Danville, Kentucky is the first community-based tour.


“Explore Danville, Kentucky,” includes 19 historical markers, all within walking distance of Danville’s downtown business district, pertaining to Kentucky’s pioneer past, the state’s founding, early medical advancements, education, the Civil War and more.


“Danville is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts,” says Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our community is grounded in preservation of our buildings, traditions and heritage, and now because of this useful and well-designed app, it is very easy for visitors to take a stroll through our rich past at their own pace. Danville is a beautiful small town with a picturesque Main Street that has many interesting stories to tell through its history. We are so thrilled to have this resource in place to share our alluring and captivating piece of Kentucky with the rest of the world. Danville is a truly a unique town where preservation meets progress.”


“This app has been created to allow local historical societies, museums, tourism offices, libraries, Main Street programs and others to use ‘ExploreKYHistory’ as a platform to develop their own tours based upon historical markers in their communities,” said Stuart Sanders, KHS professional services administrator. “The Danville tour, the first community tour to be added to the app, will be a sample tour for these organizations to help guide them as they create their own community tours.”


Tour content and images were collected by KHS in partnership with many community organizations including Centre College, the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Ephraim McDowell House, Mary Girard at the Boyle County Public Library and Jim Holmberg at the Filson Historical Society.


Based on the Kentucky Historical Marker Program, the “ExploreKYHistory” smartphone app combines historical markers, related items in the KHS collections and community-submitted images and stories into mapped points of interest. Related historical markers across the Commonwealth are then grouped together into tours.


The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways.


The Explore Kentucky History smartphone application is available free of charge at iTunes, Google Play and http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov. Users who have already downloaded the app will have immediate access to the “Explore Danville, Kentucky” tour and previously released Lincoln, Civil War, War of 1812 and University of Kentucky tours. More tours are set to be released soon. For more information about submitting a community tour, contact Stuart Sanders at 502-564-1792, ext. 4420 or stuart.sanders@ky.gov.



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