FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2012) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) launched its “ExploreKYHistory” smartphone application this summer with a statewide Civil War tour. Now the University of Kentucky (UK) tour is available.


The history of the University of Kentucky is intimately connected to the Commonwealth's past, present and future. To commemorate that history, UK and KHS created the UK Senior Challenge Historical Marker Project in 1994. The program allows each graduating senior class to leave a memorial to the university by creating a special historical marker that notes important people and places affiliated with the history of the university. Each year a UK historical marker committee picks a topic, raises funds for the marker, researches and writes the text, and works with KHS to produce the marker.


The UK tour on “ExploreKYHistory” is composed of the 19 special historical markers on campus dedicated to people and places including Adolph Rupp, Stoll Field, Memorial Hall and WBKY-WUKY. Based on the Kentucky Historical Marker Program, the smartphone app connects Kentucky communities by combining historical markers, related items in the KHS collections and user-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 and Google Play. Users who have already downloaded the app will have immediate access to the UK tour and previously released Lincoln, Civil War and War of 1812 tours. Regional tours are set to be released soon. Visit http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov for more information.




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 by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. 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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