FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/28/13) – This summer, the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), administered by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), is launching a series of online challenges to connect Kentucky communities with history through Pass the Word, an online oral history discovery tool.
Every successfully completed challenge enters the participant to win a professional quality digital recorder.
Challenges will be posted at http://history.ky.gov/pass-the-word/ and via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyHistSoc. Participants will follow associated blog posts that feature a variety of collections or topics that can be found via Pass the Word.
Submit answers through the “About” section located in the lower right quadrant of the Pass the Word homepage.
Participants should include “Pass the Word Challenge” in the subject line and submit their answers by 8 a.m. EST on Friday morning for each week’s challenge. Only correct answers submitted via this method will be eligible to be entered into the drawing. Correct answers will be posted to the site’s homepage by Friday afternoon. The results of the drawing will be announced at the end of August.
Pass the Word, found at http://passtheword.ky.gov/, serves as a centralized database for oral history collections publicly accessible through Kentucky libraries, museums and archives. Pass the Word makes Kentucky’s oral history collections visible and accessible by providing a single portal of access to all the oral history collections in the state.
Pass the Word is an ongoing project and includes content representing all 120 of Kentucky’s counties from more than 100 participating repositories located in more than 60 counties. The site currently has more than 15,000 oral history interviews from more than 660 collections listed.
Pass the Word is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
Information provided by Sally Warfield
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