The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW), the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of Equity, Division of Curriculum, and Division of Customer Support Services, and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) worked together on a four-part project with the purpose of increasing interest in the history of Kentucky women, particularly in the area of public service. This four-part project includes:
A colorful poster which features brief biographical information on almost 200 women from around the state.
A film about Kentucky women and public service, Women of Kentucky: Our Legacy, Our Future.
A Teacher’s Resource Guide designed to help teachers incorporate Kentucky women’s history into the classroom year-round, developed by KDE, Division of Curriculum Development and a group of Kentucky teachers.
The teacher's guide can be printed from this this site, or you can contact the Commission on Women for a hardcopy while supplies last.
This Web site, designed to complement the video, poster, and Resource Guide by providing information and resources for Kentucky students, teachers, and citizens.
This 4-part packet was sent to all Kentucky public schools and libraries in early October 2000, through the financial assistance of former Governor Paul Patton.
For more information, please contact:
Kentucky Commission on Women
The following individuals, organizations, and institutions have provided research assistance and/or permission to post the images found on this site. This project would not have been possible without their assistance.
Nancy Disher Baird, Kentucky History Librarian, Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University
Garry Barker, Director, Kentucky Folk Art Center
Sharon Bidwell, Reference Librarian, The Courier Journal
Brent Björkman, Folklife Specialist, Kentucky Folklife Program
Doug Boyd, Oral History/Folklife Archivist, Kentucky Oral History Commission,
Special Collection Archives, Kentucky Historical Society
Delinda Stephens Buie, Curator of Rare Books, Rare Books and
Photographic Archives, University of Louisville
Lisa Carter, Special Collections and Archives, University of Kentucky
Democracy Resource Center
David Deskins, Clerk of the Court, Pike County
Susan and Geoff Eacker
Danna Estridge, Curator, Woodford County Historical Society
The Filson Club
Folk Legacy Records
Marie-Hélène Gold, Photograph Coordinator, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College
Dr. Melba Porter Hay, Division Manager, Research and Publications,
Kentucky Historical Society
Lynne Hollingsworth, Manuscripts Archivist, Special Collections,
Kentucky Historical Society
Katherine Burger Johnson, Associate Archivist, University Archives and
Records Center, University of Louisville
Laura Harper Lee, Education Curator, The Kentucky Museum
Claire McCann, Manuscripts Librarian, Margaret I. King Library Special Collections
and Archives, University of Kentucky
Missouri Historical Society
Morehead State University
Betsy Morelock, Senior Archivist, Center of Excellence for the Study of
Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA), Kentucky State University
James Nelson, State Librarian and Commissioner, Kentucky Department for
Library and Archives
Tom Owen, Associate Archivist, University Archives and Records Center,
University of Louisville
The Paducah Sun
Vonnie Shelton, McCracken County Public Library
Ed Staats, Kentucky Bureau Chief, Associated Press
John Trowbridge, Site Manager, Kentucky Military History Museum
Norma Lynne White, Image Archivist, Lexington Herald-Leader News Research
Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, Director - African American Heritage Project
William Whitley House State Historic Site
Shannon H. Wilson, Berea College Archivist, Special Collections and Archives,
The Woodford Sun
Fred Wright, Program Director, Prevent Blindness America, Kentucky Division
For the use of their personal collections:
Candie and Guy Carawan
Jane Burch Cochran
Helen Horlacher Evans
Geri Grigsby, J.D.
Dorothy Chaney Pearson
Reel World String Band
Lt. Colonel Linda Smith
Virginia Southgate, J.D.
Funding and support for this project provided by former Governor Paul Patton and First Lady Judi Patton.
Images, sounds, and video clips found on this site are the express property of those credited.
Please note that this site was designed to remain static.
Corrections are welcome, but additions can unfortunately not be made. It is our hope that this site will inspire further interest in the history of Kentucky women, and the development of more Web sites. Kentucky is full of extraordinary women. This site merely represents a sample of them.
Disclaimer: While KCW has used reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in these pages, KCW accepts no responsibility for any errors in, or omissions from such information. Also KCW is in no way responsible for the accuracy, completeness or contents of any links from these pages.
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