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Curator position

In Alerts on April 17, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

This just in from Amanda Higgins of KHS:

Growth opportunity for well-prepared, creative Curator for Museum and Outreach

Full-time Curator for Museum and Outreach
Competitive salary and benefits, opportunity for professional development
Starting date: as soon as late-Spring, 2018
Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center, rural Marion County, Kentucky

Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum seeks a professionally trained Curator with
well-honed skills including artifact preservation and management, museum management, and
public outreach programming. Beginning as Curator under the Heritage Center Director, the
successful candidate will have opportunity and encouragement to transition to full
responsibility for the Museum and Outreach by successfully meeting a wide range of

The Loretto Heritage Center, located in central Kentucky’s historic Catholic “Holy Land,”
preserves and exhibits the legacy of the Sisters of Loretto, a pioneering community of
American Catholic sisters unique among American religious traditions. The Loretto
collections date from 1812, when three frontier women established a school and then a
religious community among the first generation of Maryland settlers in Kentucky. Since the
1890s the collections have been under the careful management of sister-archivists at the
Loretto Motherhouse on an 800-acre farm in rural Marion County, Kentucky.

The Loretto Heritage Center’s documentary and artifact holdings chronicle Loretto’s
commitment to meet the needs of the times in diverse circumstances around the world. The
Curator will have major responsibility for managing the physical artifacts, art works, and
possibly audio-visual media which span Loretto’s 200-year history of education and social
justice advocacy.

In 2012 the Loretto Heritage Center moved into a newly designed space, including new
document stacks and a professionally designed, award-winning museum exhibiting many of
the artifacts. The Curator will have major responsibility for the Museum facility and programs.
S/he will coordinate a volunteer docent program and will share docent duties with the rest of
the Heritage Center staff and volunteers, including some weekend duties. An important
aspect of the Curator’s work will be to facilitate the use of archival holdings in the continuing
development of exhibits and public programming for the region.

The Curator will establish an active educational and public outreach program to engage
visitors in the Loretto story, including collaborating with neighborhood and regional groups
and tailoring museum visits and presentations for specific audiences. In conjunction with the
Loretto Communications Team, the Curator will also make contributions to the Loretto social
media presence on behalf of the Heritage Center.

The Loretto Community’s paper documents and artifacts are organized in record groups
which represent both the institutional and the personal lives of the Sisters of Loretto. Since
2012 archival staff, interns and volunteers have begun to describe and catalogue the
document and artifact collections into a new digital catalogue designed by the current Director. The Curator will assume responsibility for the digital description and cataloguing of
artifacts, art works and possibly A-V media. With the Director, the Curator will train and
supervise interns to assist with the digital cataloguing.

Basic education and experience requirements:

  • Masters degree or equivalent in Public History, Archival Studies, Library Science, Museum
  • Internships in relevant areas of museum curation and public history programming or
    employment experiences in these areas; minimum of two years relevant experience with strong professional supervision required.

Also required:

  • Understanding of events and issues of the 19th and 20th centuries sufficient to contribute
    appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the artifact curation and
    museum programs of the Heritage Center;
  • Excellent oral and written communication; experience and proven skill in creating and
    presenting history programs for adults and children;
  • Full command of Microsoft Office and computer graphics applications like Adobe Creative
    Suite; experience and/or ability to rapidly acquire functional skill using Apple computers,
    databases created with Filemaker Pro, and proven ability to edit photos and create brochures;
  • Current knowledge and ability to initiate and manage artifact preservation, storage, and
    museum exhibit development;
  • Ability to comfortably interact with people from all kinds of backgrounds; ability to receive
    supervision, to work collaboratively with others, and to contribute to a positive work culture;
  • Ability to regularly lift 40 lb. boxes; to climb and stand on ladders;
  • Occasional travel is expected; one, sometimes two weekends per month staffing the
    museum is required, with appropriate comp time off.

The Curator will report to the current Director and through her to the elected leaders of the
Loretto Community.

For consideration and for further position details, please send cover letter addressing
experience and interest, detailed resume and contact information for three references to
Loretto Heritage Center Director, Sister Eleanor Craig,

Applications will be considered beginning April 2018 and will continue until a suitable
candidate is found. Availability of the best candidate will determine start date, but it is hoped
this can be by late-Spring, 2018.



KY History Educ Conference

In Alerts on March 24, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

From Mandy Higgins at KHS:

The Kentucky History Education Conference (KHEC) is July 12-13, 2018 in Frankfort at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

KHEC is currently seeking vendors to table on July 12. If your organization would like to sign up, you can do so here:

Any questions should be directed to Claire Gwaltney at



In Alerts on February 6, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

National History Day in Kentucky, Kentucky Historical SocietyNational History Day in Kentucky is about to get underway and the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for judges for regional and state competitions. The following is from a flyer received from Cheryl Caskey at KHS.

2018 NHDKY Contest Dates
March 3, Highland Heights (NKU)

March 10, Morehead (MSU)

March 17, Louisville (UofL)

March 23, Cumberland (SKCTC)

March 24, Richmond (EKU)

March 30, Paducah (Murray campus)

April 21, Lexington (UK)

Why should you consider becoming an NHDKy judge?

  • You have an appreciation for history.
  • You want to learn more about different historical topics.
  • You enjoy seeing history presented creatively.
  • You want to encourage students to continue learning about history.
  • You want to help students to grwo as critical and creative thinkers.

What does an NHDKy judge do?

  • Give valuable feedback to students!
  • Provide a positive experience for students, teachers and parents.
  • Engage with other professionals, historians and teachers.
  • Meet students that are excited to share with you what they have learned.
  • Learn about a variety of topics through documentaries, websites, performances, exhibits or papers.

For information, contact Cheryl Caskey ( 502-564-1792 x4461.

To register, go to



In Alerts on February 5, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This just in from Mandy Higgins at Kentucky Historical Society:

The Kentucky Oral History Commission’s spring grant cycle is open. Grant applications are due March 19, 2018. Full information is available on the KOHC website and questions should be directed to Sarah Schmitt (

The spring cycle for Kentucky Historical Markers is also open. Applications are due March 1. Questions should be directed to Andrew Patrick (

Two national workshops in Kentucky to be aware of: AASLH’s Focusing on Visitors workshop will be March 15­–16, 2018 in Louisville and the History Relevance Workshop on March 17 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.


DAR Seminar

In Alerts,Spotlight on July 31, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

This just in from Brent Taylor, KATH President:
The Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution kindly requests your attendance on Saturday, September 16, 2017, for the first annual Heritage Preservation Symposium commencing at 1:00 p.m. in the Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris, Kentucky. $50 per seminar attendee, $15 for box lunch. Attendance limited. Questions? Contact Duncan Tavern, 859-987-1788. Use the printout below to reserve your seat today – or order online at



Civics Ed workshops

In Alerts on May 28, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

The Kentucky Department of Education will host the 2017 Kentucky Civics Symposium to promote best practices in civic education. This symposium will occur 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in three locations across the state:

  • June 19 – Frankfort, Old Capitol Building and Kentucky Historical Society
  • July 10 – Elizabethtown, Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center
  • July 14 – Ashland, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation

Join us as speakers provide educators with hands-on support in creating civic curricula with robust, relevant learning experiences for students in an effort to promote the “doing” of social studies through action civics. You can:

  • learn new social studies-related strategies that engage and motivate students;
  • dig into effective strategies for improved student achievement; and
  • gain a deeper understanding of civics best practices.

Information regarding the new citizenship test will be provided. [See Senate Bill 159 signed into law in March that requires all public high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a regular diploma.]

Register for this event by clicking here ( For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Lauren Gallicchio, KDE’s social studies consultant.

Lauren Gallicchio, NBCT
Social Studies Academic Program Consultant
Division of Program Standards
Office of Teaching and Learning
Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-9850, ext. 4140


KY Soc Studies

In Alerts on May 6, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

This just in from Christy Cartner, Bryan Station High School, Kentucky Council for the Social Studies – Steering Committee


Friends of Social Studies,

We are seeking your help in ensuring that social studies is well represented within the new accountability system. I don’t have to explain how social studies education helps foster “the whole child.” The KY Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on a new accountability system that corresponds with the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Recently, town hall meetings were held with Commissioner Pruitt and now they are requesting participation in a survey. This survey will likely close within the week, so time is of the essence!

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and pass it along to teachers, administrators, students, family, members of the community, etc. Also, don’t forget to complete it for yourself! Survey results are being collected on a spreadsheet, which will inform Commissioner Pruitt of our opinions and concerns moving forward. The survey includes Feedback Statements designed to collect your reaction on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). Sample responses with a Social Studies focus are at the bottom of this message.

Survey Link:

Here are some resources to better understand the accountability system:

Here are the survey questions. Feel free to use these responses which are specific to Social Studies advocacy:

  • Please choose the primary role that best describes you.
    Personal opinion
  • The dashboard gauges communicate a simple, high level picture of school performance (pg. 7 of PPT)
    Personal opinion
  • A school that has a large gap or a student group that is underperforming and not making progress should not be able to earn the highest overall rating.
    Personal opinion
  • Kentuckians will be more informed by including both measures that are part of a school’s accountability rating and measures that are reported only.
    Personal opinion
  • It is critical to report how much students have the opportunity to participate in quality experiences and have access to school supports which impact their success.
    Personal opinion – and some sample responses: “While I am encouraged by many of the indicators which seem to be opening the door to accountability approaches that are reflective of different needs and learning styles, I have concerns as to what “opportunity and access” indicators might look like for social studies. Because civic education is the original intent of education and because most schools include civics as part of their mission statements, we think that it is imperative that civic education be included within the “Opportunity and Access” section of the the new accountability system as nothing addresses the whole child than preparing them for civic engagement. This is not just a social studies issue, but an educational one across all contents and grade levels. How will looking at what programs are offered really reflect for a content area that has mandated requirements? Even looking at how many courses and electives are offered will reveal very little about the quality of the program in terms of reporting. I encourage you to consider ways that not only social studies but other program areas might also be leveraged to better the educational experiences for our students.”
  • Schools should help prepare students with essential skills (i.e., responsibility, dependability)
    Personal opinion – and some sample responses: “I am encouraged by the “Transition Readiness” component of the proposed accountability system. However, I am concerned that nowhere in any of the language is include anything related to civic readiness. While there is mention of service learning, this concept is substantially different than civic learning or informed civic engagement. I would argue that the basis of all proposed measures in the “Transition Readiness” component are truly measures of civic readiness. Our system of public education was created with two vitally important purposes, to prepare our youth for success in a career and equally importantly, to provide the knowledge and skills to be an informed, engaged citizenry. Civic learning in schools is the most effective way to prepare Kentucky’s students for informed and active participation in not only a healthy democracy, but in a healthy workforce. As a result, we would like to ask that this notion be considered and that measures of “foundational essential skills” be highly embedded and interwoven with civic skills, knowledge and dispositions.”
  • High schools should help prepare students with essential skills (for example, attendance, responsibility and dependability).
    Personal opinion – and some sample responses: “I agree that “staying with the status quo is not good enough for the Commonwealth. We need a system that will generate better outcomes for all of our kids and will support the economic development of Kentucky.” The basis for such a statement assumes an educated and informed citizenry in the areas of government and civics, geography, cultural studies, economics and historical thinking. Your statement demands a robust social studies education in order to meet this goal. Social studies education remains the only content area that has yet to receive standards since 2009’s SB1. I advocate that social studies standards—which include both content and skill development–be made a priority. Consider the potential of a high school capstone project, centered in civic readiness and community participation.
  • Allowing multiple ways (for example, tests, advanced coursework or dual credit) for students to demonstrate academic or technical readiness at high school is important and desirable.
    Personal opinion – and some sample responses: “It is my opinion that such a system is long overdue and that the people of our Commonwealth deserve nothing less. As an informed social studies educator, I am united in our concern for an adequate and acceptable answer to the question of accountability. I cannot afford to shy away from trying to improve social studies education for our most precious commodity, our students. Social studies is one of the remaining content areas that has not adopted revised standards since SB 1 of 2009 called for revisions by law. While I applaud that the new accountability system calls for assessments to be aligned to standards, it is past time for new standards to drive the new assessments. It is my hope that we will continue down the path of non-traditional assessments like those currently being developed in science and that something similar will be created for social studies – something to encourage best instructional practices rather than teaching to a test.”
  • Reporting additional credentials for students with a Kentucky Plus designation is positive. (see pg. 2 of “At a Glance” document)
    Personal opinion – and some sample responses: “A Kentucky Plus designation allows students to be recognized for mastering advanced specific skills in addition to “transition readiness” credentials. I would love to see a civic readiness component or democratic distinction that students could add to their diploma. Civic education should appear within “Transition Readiness” as students need to engage each other, different ideas, and as an all encompassing part of each grade level.”
  • It is important for students to have personal growth targets toward proficiency.
    Personal opinion
  • Growth should be reported at the school level based on students’ individual growth grouped together for the school, according to whether students “catch up,” “keep up,” or “move up.
    Personal opinion
  • Kentucky schools should be expected to improve the proficiency of every student group, every year.
    Personal opinion
  • Reporting the disparity between demographic groups in the School Report Card is valuable.
    Personal opinion
  • Reporting student outcomes some time at the postsecondary level is an important measure of high school readiness and should be reported even though a school cannot directly control student variables that may impact outcomes.
    Personal opinion

Christy Cartner
Bryan Station High School, Lexington KY – US History, APUSH
Kentucky Council for the Social Studies – Steering Committee


Executive Orders

In Alerts on March 31, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

Given the topics and presentations at our last KATH Annual Meeting, I thought this notice might be of interest to you. On Friday, February 17th, a group of scholars led a Congressional Briefing on the history of presidential executive orders. Sponsored by the National History Center of the American Historical Association, the group included Julia Azari (Political Science, Marquette U), Matt Dallek (History, George Washington U), and Andrew Rudalevige (Political Science, Bowdoin).

– A video recording of the event can be found here on

– You can read Dane Kennedy’s recap of the event “The Paradoxes of Presidential Power: A Brief History of Executive Orders,” on the AHA Today blog.

– The briefing summary (one page handout) can be found here.


Caroline Light

In Alerts on March 27, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth

Caroline Light

Dr. Caroline Light, director of undergraduate studies in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University

Caroline Light will discuss her new book, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press) on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. in room 204 of UK’s Whitehall Classroom Building. There will be copies of the book available at the event.

KATH members should find her talk interesting and very timely. All are invited. Please download and share the flyer (.pdf file).


Melanie Beals Goan
Assistant Professor, History Department
1741 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027

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