KY 225

Kentucky gained official statehood in 1792 and turned 225 years old on June 1, 2017.

To celebrate, KET – a partner in The Kentucky 225th Anniversary Commission – gathered this collection of archived video that commemorates the history, people, and culture that make the Commonwealth so special.

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Far Above the Rolling Campus: A History of Morehead State University

Far Above the Rolling Campus: A History of Morehead State University

This original documentary covers the history of Morehead State University from 1887 to present day. It highlights the historical events and cultural and societal issues that helped shape the campus community.

The Girl From Butcher Holler

Kentucky Life

The Girl From Butcher Holler

In an interview at Renfro Valley, Loretta Lynn talks about her love of country music, her childhood, and early career. Kentucky author Silas House recalls the day he went to see "Coal Miner’s Daughter," the Academy Award-winning film based on Lynn’s autobiography.

Kentucky at War

Kentucky at War

Interviews, archival film footage, and letters tell the story of how Kentucky experienced World War II.

Wendell Ford: Governor, Senator, and Kentucky Legend

Prominent Kentuckians in the United States Senate

Wendell Ford: Governor, Senator, and Kentucky Legend

This lecture titled "Wendell Ford: Governor, Senator and Kentucky Legend" features Clay Ford, the grandson of former Governor Ford, who provides the introduction for Senator McConnell. The lecture takes place in Gov. Ford's hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, at the picturesque RiverPark Center.

The Remarkable Clarks

The Remarkable Clarks

As part of the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806, this docudrama looks at the lives of the two brothers, William Clark and George Rogers Clark, and their sister, Lucy Clark Croghan.

Louisville: A City at the Falls

Louisville: A City at the Falls

Three restored films by Al Shands, produced in the 1970s, chronicle the history and growth of the River City across nine decades, from 1850 to 1940.

Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky

Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky

Explore Kentucky's civil rights history and hear about the personal experiences of men and women who fought for social justice in a segregated society. This documentary is based on interviews done by the Kentucky Oral History Commission to document the civil rights movement in Kentucky from 1930 to 1975. Among those interviewed were Georgia Davis Powers, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt, Anne Braden, and Julian Bond.

The Eighth of August

Kentucky Life

The Eighth of August

Every year, African-Americans in parts of Western Kentucky and central Tennessee gather to celebrate Emancipation on the Eighth of August, a homecoming tradition begun in 1868.

A Walk With Simon Kenton

A Walk With Simon Kenton

Actor Clancy Brown hosts a walk in the footsteps of legendary frontiersman Simon Kenton, a key figure behind America's westward expansion and the settlement of Kentucky and Ohio.

The War of 1812 and Kentucky’s Role

Kentucky Life

The War of 1812 and Kentucky’s Role

The War of 1812 left an indelible mark on our nation's history, and Kentuckians played a vital role - 64 percent of Americans killed in the war were Kentuckians. From Michigan to New Orleans, we follow the trail of Kentucky's soldiers who fought in America's 'forgotten war.'