FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2012) — Effective Dec. 9, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) history campus in downtown Frankfort will begin operating under its winter schedule.


The KHS history campus – which includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and the Old State Capitol – will accept groups of 10 or more with an advance registration from Dec. 9, 2012, through March 8, 2013. During that time it is not open to walk-in visitors without a group reservation, except on specific dates listed below. The Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal will be undergoing renovations throughout the winter and will reopen to the public on March 9, 2013.


This year will mark the third year KHS has operated under a winter schedule. Focusing on group visitation over the winter – when walk-in traffic is typically lower – allows KHS staff to focus efforts on processing the society's 500,000 museum and special collections.


 “KHS makes collections-related work a top priority during the winter,” said Kent Whitworth, KHS executive director. “The work that’s being done during this time ultimately benefits researchers who then have greater access to these records. Through our strategic plan, KHS has made a commitment to catalog its priority collections and make them available to researchers online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”


The following KHS services will be available throughout the winter season:


·         KHS will be available to schedule visits for groups of 10 or more people with at least seven days notice.

·         KHS will be open to the public and host programs Dec. 8, Jan. 12 and Feb. 9. On these dates, KHS will offer genealogy workshops in partnership with the Kentucky Genealogical Society, as well as student programs and teacher training workshops. The Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at the Center for Kentucky History, KHS exhibitions and the 1792 Store will also be open, along with tours of the Old State Capitol.

·         Outreach programming including the KHS HistoryMobile, Kentucky Junior Historical Society/National History Day program, oral history technical services, KHS Museums-to-Go exhibits, historical markers and work with the Civil War and War of 1812 related sites and museums will continue.

·         Reference services through the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library are available year-round by both email (KHSrefdesk@ky.gov) and telephone (502-564-1792, ext. 4460).

·         Rental facilities and services are available at KHS year-round.


Beginning Saturday, March 9, 2013, the KHS history campus will resume its regular public hours of operation (Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).


To find out more about KHS and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.




An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. 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 State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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