old woodcut image of the Kentucky River

A Teacher’s Guide to

Kentucky’s Story

A nine-part Kentucky history series for grades 4 and 5, produced by KET.

See our online ITV catalog  for upcoming broadcasts and additional information for teachers.


State Agency Resources

Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Program Development, 500 Mero Street, 19th Floor , Frankfort, KY 40601: (502) 564-3421 .
Kentucky Department of Travel, 500 Mero Street, Suite 2200, Frankfort, KY 40601: (502) 564-4930 or (800) 225-8747.
Kentucky Department of library and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road, F.O. Box 537, Frankfort, KY 40601: (502) 564-8300. The Department makes available to Kentucky schools a number of films and filmstrips on Kentucky originally located with the Kentucky Department of Tour-ism. It also publishes an 11 page catalogue entitled "Audio Visual Materials on Kentucky" listing materials, which may be rented or purchased from other sources. Included are films, filmstrips, maps, slides, and transparencies.
Kentucky Heritage Council, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY 40601: (502) 564-7005. The Heritage Council has extensive files on the architectural heritage of every county in Kentucky. They are in the process of developing a film and supplementary teaching materials about architectural styles in Kentucky.
Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601: (502) 564-1792. At the Kentucky Historical Society, school programs are based on the belief that learning about the past can be engaging and meaningful and fun! Education staff offer student programs that promote an understanding and appreciation of the state's diverse heritage. Teacher services help educators find and use heritage resources at all grade levels.
University Press of Kentucky, 663 South Limestone Street, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40508-4008: (606) 258-2951. The University Press publishes an extensive list of books and materials concerned with Kentucky history. It's Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf series covers a wide variety of topics of interest to 4th and 5th grade teachers.

Other Resources for Teaching Kentucky History

Kentucky.gov - Geography & History - Access maps and historical data here.
Turner Publishin Co. - Books on Kentucky history
Questia, the world's largest online library of over 49,500 books and 392,000 journal, magazine and newspaper articles
Kentucky Information Page - University of Louisville
Appalachian Center - Berea College
The Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky offers many resources for learning about the region. You can find information on the history of Appalachia, keep up to date with important issues in the area (such as water resources and jobs), and view statistics on Appalachian counties in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Atlas and Gazetter - An excellent resource for information about Kentucky's counties and its history.
Kentucky History and Activity Books
Yahoo Search Directory - Kentucky History
Appalachian Studies Association's on-line syllabus archive has been created as both a resource for teachers designing Appalachian Studies courses and as well as a history of the teaching of Appalachian Studies.
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Wickliffe Mounds Research Center
Farnsley Moremen Landing
William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology
Appalshop, Film Descriptions and Subject Guide, 91 Madison, Whitesburg, KY 41858, 606.633.0108 606.633.1009 (fax). listing of films and filmstrips available on Appalachian culture. Organization also produces records, plays, manuscripts and other materials. Call toll free (800) 328-5727 or [606) 633-0108.
The Cemetery Box, Good Apple, Inc. Box 299 Carthage, IL 62321; Emphasizes teaching of literature, history, art and language skills.
Center for Southern Folklore, American Folklore Films and Videotapes: An Index, 1976. p. 338. 1216 Peabody Ave. P.O. Box 4081, Memphis, TN 38104: (901) 726-4205.
Coleman. J. Winston, Jr., Historic Kentucky, Lexington, KY: Henry Clay Press, 1968. p. 200. A photo pictorial history of various historic sites in Kentucky.
The University of British Columbia, Western Education Development Group, Faculty of Education, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5; $3.00.
Kentucky Historical Society
Fossils in Kentucky
Kentucky Heritage Council
The Cumberland Gap Chronometron Travel the Cumberland Gap through different eras in history with this time-travel Web site from the National Park Service.
Kentucky Down Under, Kentucky Caverns
Kentucky's Underground Railroad-From KET
Kentucky - Visit events and celebrations around the state at this Library of Congress Web site.
Kentucky Geological Survey
Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Junior Historical Society
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Louisville's Portland Museum
Historical Maps
Historical Atlas of Kentucky and Her Counties. The atlas focuses primarily on early Kentucky and contains a large number of photographs, maps, census statistics, and data related to the formation of Kentucky's counties.
Shakertown at Pleasant Hill
Smithsonian Institute
Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky