Kentucky Historical Society
Backstory and Context
The Society was established as a private organization in 1836. The organization received some support from the state and during the 1950s it became a state agency. The Society's headquarter building is named in honor of former state historian Thomas D. Clark. The building was dedicated in 1999 and offers a museum, library and archive, and a gift shop.
The Center houses a number of both traveling and permanent exhibitions, including "A Kentucky Journey" which traces the history of Kentucky from prehistoric to modern times. The Clark Center also houses a genealogical research library--the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library--and the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery, which is used to showcase traveling exhibitions.
The Kentucky Military History Museum is housed in the former State Arsenal--a Gothic Revival built in the 1850s that served as a munitions factory during the Civil War. The museum was established in 1973 by the KHS and Department of Military Affairs. The museum is operated by the KHS. Collections at the museum highlight the military contributions of Kentuckians. The museum is a member of the Army Museum System.