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Kentucky Historical Society awards oral history grants

More than $29,000 in grants awarded

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2015) — The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), an agency of the Kentucky Historical Society, has awarded $29,202 in new grants to support oral history projects.

Project recipients and their projects are:

  • Appalshop Video History Project: $5,000 to create an oral history collection that will be used in different projects to mark Appalshop’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Project director: Jeffrey A. Keith. Institutional Partner: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky.
  • Farming on the Government Place: Negotiating Regional Farmways in the Era of New Deal Agriculture on Western Kentucky’s Christian-Trigg Farms Project: $4,844 to document the experiences of farm families that were part of the Christian-Trigg Farms Project, a New Deal resettlement farming experience established in Christian County. Project director: Jess Lamar Reece Holler. Institutional Partner: Western Kentucky University.
  • Fade to Black: Integration at Eastern Kentucky University: $3,608 to capture the memories and stories of students, administrators and faculty members who experienced integration at Eastern Kentucky University. Project director: Michael A.J. Randolph. Institutional Partner: Eastern Kentucky University.

Transcription/indexing grant recipients are:

  • Transcribing the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project: $3,600 to transcribe 30 hours of interviews from a project that documents life in Allen County, Kentucky. Project director: Karen Hogg. Institutional Partner: Western Kentucky University.
  • Kentucky River Oral History Indexing Project: $4,830, to index digitized files and upload them to Eastern Kentucky University’s Oral History Center website. Project director: Crystal Allen-Daniels. Institutional Partner: Eastern Kentucky University.
  • African-American Heritage Transcriptions of Adair County: $2,340 to transcribe interviews about African-American life in Adair County. Project director: Wanda Washington. Institutional Partner: Kentucky Historical Society.
  • It’s My Derby: $4,980 to transcribe interviews the museum has conducted with Kentucky Derby winners and former Churchill Downs employees since 2006. They chart the individual Kentucky Derby experience and provide perspective on both the change in the event and of Churchill Downs. Project director: Chris Goodlett, Kentucky Derby Museum.