Archive for the ‘Alerts’ Category


Klotter wins medallion

News about Dr. Jim Klotter, featured speaker at our upcoming annual meeting, from a press release by Mack McCormick, University Press of Kentucky:

On Tuesday, May 10, James C. Klotter was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the University of Kentucky Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement at the UK Libraries Spring Gala. The Lexington native, UK alumnus, and Georgetown College scholar is the state historian of Kentucky. The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is one of UK’s most prestigious awards. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The recipient is determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board after receiving nominations from the public. Past recipients include: Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, John Egerton, Karl Raitz, and George C. Wright.

“Through his writing, his teaching, and hundreds of talks on Kentucky history across the Commonwealth over the past four decades, Dr. James C. Klotter epitomizes what the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement honors: high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value,” UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell said.

James C. Klotter received his doctoral degree in history from UK in 1975. He is author, co-author, or editor of almost 20 books including The Breckinridges of Kentucky, William Goebel: The Politics of Wrath, Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852, and Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900-1950. He is also the author of the Kentucky history textbooks used at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels statewide. Klotter is general editor, along with UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell and Douglas Boyd of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, of the book series Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series. He also serves as the general editor of the Topics in Kentucky History series.

The state historian of Kentucky since 1980, Klotter worked at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) from 1973 to 1998, with his tenure culminating in eight years of service as the KHS executive director. Since 1998, he has been a professor of history at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. He has also been chair or president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, the Kentucky Council on Archives, the UK Library Associates, the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, and the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable. The recipient of several other local, regional, and national honors, Klotter has previously received the Governor’s Outstanding Kentuckian Award and the Clark Award for Literary Excellence. He also has delivered the McCandless Lecture at Oxford University.

For more information, contact: Mack McCormick, Publicity Manager for the University Press of Kentucky, 859/257-5200,

Posted May 16, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Clark Writing Award

In Alerts,KATH Awards on May 2, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This just in from Dr. Melissa A. McEuen, Chair of the Clark Writing Award Selection Committee:

I’ve put together the Clark Award announcement and attached it here (download .pdf file: KATH_2016ClarkAwardAnnouncement).  Would you please post or circulate it to the appropriate audiences?

Thank you!

Melissa A. McEuen
Professor of History and Bingham Professor
Transylvania University
300 N. Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508


KATH brochure

In Alerts on May 1, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

KATH board member Kate Hesseldenz offers up a newly revised brochure for all of us to download, print out and distribute widely. Please help to get the word out about the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History!

Click here to download the .pdf file: KATHbrochure-2016



KATH set for Oct 29th

KATH’s 41st Annual Meeting
October 28-29, 2016
Friday evening reception and Saturday conference
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Chalk the Vote: Education and Presidential Elections


Josh Douglas
Professor Joshua A. Douglas, J.D., Robert G. Lawson & William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky
The History of Voter ID Laws and the Story of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board
AND Jim Klotter
Professor James Klotter, Ph.D., The State Historian of Kentucky and Professor of History, Georgetown College
“The Great Rejected”: Henry Clay and the American Presidency



In today’s polarized political climate, presidential elections can be a difficult subject in the classroom. On one hand, current events can be a link between today’s students the elections of the past, but on the other hand, teachers of history must be careful to form a wall of separation between educating and electioneering. Join KATH in finding the perfect intersection between hot-button issues of the day and their connection to the past.

Register today!

Posted March 28, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Drop in history majors?

In Alerts,Spotlight on March 25, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

In the most recent issue of the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, Julia Brookins described some disturbing findings on the latest trends in the number of history degrees in higher education.


“The number of history BAs and BSs completed in the United States fell for the third time in four years, this time by 9.1 percent from the previous year, from 34,360 to 31,233. This is the largest year-to-year change for undergraduate history degrees since a 9.8 percent increase in 1992.”


Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Brookins asserts that the large drop in history baccalaureate degrees earned last academic year is part of a downward trend that will continue through the decade.

chart showing drops in history bachelor's degrees by institution type

from Brookins, “New Data Show Large Drop in History Bachelor’s Degrees,” AHA Perspectives on History (March 2016)

The institution types listed above are based on the Carnegie classification system – for example, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are classified as “Research Universities: Very High Research Activity.” This is the group of universities, nationally, that saw the deepest drop in history bachelor’s degrees.

In Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s data profiles (baccalaureate degrees by institution and major start on page 91), the drop over time has been happening since 2008 for our research institutions, while the public comprehensive institutions are generally doing well, with Northern Kentucky University offering a huge increase in history degree production. Overall, the public comprehensive institutions have kept our history bachelor’s degree production on the increase in Kentucky.

KY Public Postsec Institution ’08-09 ’09-10 ’10-11 ’11-12 ’12-13 Total in 5 yrs
Morehead State University 7 11 15 15 17 65
Murray State University 31 26 24 22 13 116
Eastern Kentucky University 25 27 42 33 47 174
Western Kentucky University 18 39 30 43 49 179
Northern Kentucky University 49 60 34 43 73 259
University of Louisville 57 54 53 63 47 274
University of Kentucky 83 75 73 67 70 368
Totals by Academic Year 270 292 271 286 316

(Note: Kentucky State University does not offer a degree in history.)


Herring Prize 2015-16

In Alerts,KATH Awards on March 21, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Dr. Melanie Beals Goan has issued the call for submissions for the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) George Herring Graduate Student Writing Award. Dr. Goan seeks faculty sponsors to submit their students’ best history research paper on any topic completed in a graduate course during the 2015-16 academic year at a Kentucky college or university.

Materials must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. See more – and download the flyer – in the post on the H-Kentucky network.


H-KY editors needed

In Alerts on March 10, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

Celebrating Kentucky’s history and heritage is never more important than today. You can make a difference by joining the staff of H-Kentucky as a contributor and adding your unique perspective to the conversation. H-Kentucky has nearly 400 subscribers and reaches all levels of academia as well as heritage foundations and cultural organizations. Contributions of all types — recurring or on a one-time basis — are welcome.

H-Kentucky is hosted within the H-Net Commons which is ideally suited to publish multimedia projects such as podcasts, peer-reviewed photo or essay series, and image/document collections. We are also looking for H-Kentucky Review Editors to assign reviews of publications with a focus on Kentucky. With a sizable membership and the backing of the H-Net organization, H-Kentucky can crowdsource contributions beyond the limitations of the old listserv.

If you are interested in joining H-Kentucky’s volunteer team of editors, please email us at with a CV and cover letter attached. Please also indicate in your email if there is a specific project or topic you would like to focus on. Graduate students and recent PhDs are welcome to apply – this is a perfect way to provide valuable service to your field and a unique line to your CV.

In your cover letter, please state your reasons for wanting to become an H-Kentucky editor. Your cover letter must also incorporate an acknowledgement of your willingness to assume a two-year commitment and agreement to abide by H-Net’s constitution, bylaws and policies. For more information about the overall process about becoming an editor, visit the H-Net Editors page at

If you have any questions, please email Randolph Hollingsworth at


Call for Board Members

In Alerts,Business Meeting on February 16, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

Calling all History Teachers! The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) is in need of board members for the 2016 year.

KATH offers a common forum and source of information for all teachers of history in the Commonwealth and provides an avenue for members to share news about research and publications, educational activities, or concerns and problems relating to Kentucky’s history community. KATH is a service organization for those concerned about improving the quality of history education in Kentucky and offers opportunities to network and to attend professional development events, such as our annual conference. In this way we hope to improve the scope and quality of history education throughout Kentucky.

Volunteering their time and connections with international, regional or local experts, KATH board primarily meets to organize the annual meeting. They distribute useful information for history educators (using for example, the H-Kentucky network), and organize task groups to recognize scholarly achievement through a history writing award program: the Anita Sanford Tolson Award for high school students; the Thomas D. Clark Award for undergraduates in American history; the Ray Betts Award for undergraduates in non-U. S. history; and the George Herring Award for graduate level papers.

The following board spots are open:

  • Public Comprehensive Universities Representative
  • Research Universities Representative
  • A K-12 Representative
  • At-Large Representative
  • Newsletter editor

Please indicate your interest by emailing KATH President, Megan Mummey, at


Hold the Date: Oct 3

In Alerts,Business Meeting,KATH Conference on May 26, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

KATH’s 40th Annual Meeting

Owensboro CTC's Main Campus map

KATH Annual Meeting to take place in the Advanced Technology Building, OCTC Main Campus

Saturday, October 3rd
Owensboro Community & Technical College
Main Campus, Advanced Technology Building
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Making History: Controversy and Culture Wars

When it comes to crafting history, perception can become reality, a reality then passed down to subsequent generations.  The challenge is to evaluate sources and ideological agendas.  From Wikipedia to Common Core to more traditional sources such as oral history, the integrity of both the message and the messenger are of great concern.  Explore these issues at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History.    

AT building foyer

OCTC Advanced Technology Building foyer

Keynote Address: Panelists to Speak on the Kentucky Version of the Common Core Standards for Social Studies

Break-out sessions

  • Continuing the Conversation with the Panelists (How Common Core will impact how History is taught in college)
  • Archivist’s Role in Shaping History
  • Making History in the Classroom (Culture Wars in Early American History – connections with Ferguson, MO events today)
  • H-Kentucky Network

KATH Reception on Friday evening, October 2nd: International Bluegrass Music Museum
KATH Board Members and Conference Presenters will eat dinner at The Miller House Restaurant before the reception.


%d bloggers like this: