FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2013) — Dr. Aaron Astor of Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., is this year’s recipient of the Richard H. Collins Award presented by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS).  

The $1,000 award, made possible by the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, is conferred by a panel of leading scholars to recognize the author of the best article published in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society over the course of the year. Astor’s winning entry, “The Crouching Lion’s Fate: Slave Politics and Conservatism Unionism in Kentucky,” appeared in a special issue devoted to the Civil War (Vol. 110, Summer/Autumn 2012).

The Collins Award was begun in 1978 and is now part of the Kentucky History Awards program, which recognizes outstanding achievement by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the commonwealth. Nominations are made by individuals, communities and groups statewide.

Astor will receive his award during the KHS Annual Meeting and Kentucky History Celebration on Nov. 8 at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort.

For more information, contact Laurel Harper, KHS director of marketing communications, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4489 or laurel.harper@ky.gov.


An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, 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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