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Kentucky Historical Society wins award for Civil War exhibit

Earns Award of Merit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2014) — The Kentucky Historical Society has earned a prestigious award for its HistoryMobile exhibit on the Civil War era in Kentucky.

The exhibit, “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era,” will receive an Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History during the association’s annual meeting in September in St. Paul, Minn.

HistoryMobile-640x250The exhibit uses a graphic-novel approach to present the stories of eight people and the choices they faced related to war and slavery. It is based on extensive research into primary sources that include diaries, letters, memoirs, legal documents and photographs.

The exhibit also includes artifacts from KHS collections. An interactive element helps teach critical thinking skills to the many students who tour the HistoryMobile each year at their schools. Each station presents a historically documented problem one of the eight people faced and possible paths of action. Visitors choose what course they would have taken, then learn the benefits and consequences to that path. They also learn what choice the person made.