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Clements Award

In Alerts on March 16, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center are pleased to announce the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award).

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk, and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Abell, Clements’ daughter, is both a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives and alum of the University of Kentucky. [NOTE: This award was announced at our last KATH meeting – see more at the 2014 Annual Meeting webpage.]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2015 (postmarked or emailed by)

Three teachers throughout the state will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each.  The award criteria include the following:

Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service. Demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students

  • Conveys enthusiasm for teaching civics and history and motivates students to learn and achieve
  • Employs active learning techniques and inspires students to be informed and active citizens

Impact on Student Success

  • Motivates students to achieve high standards
  • Initiates critical thinking and fosters informed student discussion
  • Promotes academic success and cultivates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

Evidence of creativity and innovation

  • Improves learning by using creative, original, and effective teaching methods
  • Uses technology in innovative ways to improve learning outcomes
  • Incorporates primary sources in innovative lessons that improve student achievement

Eligibility: All high school history and civics (social studies) teachers

Application packets must include the following:

  1.      Completed application
  2.      Letter from applicant addressing above criteria
  3.      Letter of support from principal
  4.      Sample assignment
  5.      Other supporting materials (may include student letters of support)


Application deadline April 10, 2015
Award notification by May 4, 2015
Award ceremony in Lexington, KY June 2015

Application packets may be sent via mail:

Clements Award
Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

or completed electronically

Questions: contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries, via email at


Earle C. Clements Award

Be sure all history and social studies teachers attend the KATH Annual Meeting this year!

Earle C. Clements

Earle C. Clements (1896 – 1985), Kentucky congressman and Governor

Charles Flanagan from the National Archives will be announcing the new Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History teachers in Kentucky. This award is the result of a partnership between the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center (where the Earle C. Clements Collection resides) and the National Archives. The criteria will include the teacher’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, impact on student success, and evidence of creativity and innovation.

Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean of UK Libraries for the Special Collections Research Center and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, is spearheading this collaborative effort. She tells us that the award will “reflect the values central to the career of Kentucky politician Earle C. Clements, including public service at all levels of community, respect for civil discourse, willingness to compromise, and dedication to improving education in Kentucky.”

KATH is proud to be invited by the UK Libraries and the National Archives to help launch this great initiative to support the best use of primary sources in Kentucky classrooms.

Posted September 25, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


KATH, NARA and UK Libraries

The KATH Board is excited about a new partnership with UK Libraries and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) featuring their collections of materials relating to Kentucky Governor Earle C. Clements. We plan to include a session devoted just to this topic at our annual meeting in October. According to Deirdre Scaggs, Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and Associate Dean of Special Collections at University of Kentucky Libraries, this new partnership will draw upon the resources and expertise of the NARA Education Team to complement a major educational initiative by the University of Kentucky Libraries on the career of Earle C. Clements.

The University of Kentucky is assembling a team of historians, archivists, and educators to create a web-based curriculum guide called “Courthouse to the White House,” focusing on the life and public service career of Clements. The online guide for educators will feature documents, photographs, oral history materials, and other resources held in the UK Libraries. The Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will serve as a partner and provide instructional guidance, networks of Kentucky teachers, and a forum for teacher workshops. The NARA Education team will participate in the workshops, demonstrating to teachers how their resources, particularly Docsteach, are invaluable tools for boosting learning and achievement.

Scaggs is working with NARA staff and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center to design the KATH session. In addition to the upcoming KATH session targeting K-12 teachers, NARA is offering a K-12 teaching award in partnership with UK and KATH. The award will promote innovative teaching by secondary school teachers in the field of Social Studies and Civic Education. Foundation support would fund the $1,000 “Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award.” The plan is to recognize three Kentucky teachers for their innovative and effective use of the curriculum guide and NARA resources in their classrooms. This award will produce a corps of master teachers who will be valuable as exemplars of best practices and important local advocates for using primary resources.

For more details, contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean of Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Margaret I. King Building, Lexington

Posted March 22, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Betts Award gets 2 winners!

In KATH Awards on September 12, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This was a very difficult competition this year, and we have two Betts Undergraduate Writing Award prize winners!  KATH has found a way to support two submissions – the winning prize of $100 and a second one with an Honorable Mention prize of $75.

Winner of the 2013 Betts Award: Jared Flanery, UK

Dr. Phil Harling, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, sponsored the research paper by Jared Flanery who wrote “From the Treaty Port to the Village: Intellectuals and Peasants in the Chinese Communist Revolution” for his Honors section of HIS499 (senior seminar) in Fall 2012.

Honorable Mention: Anna Helton, WKU

Dr. Chunmei Du, Assistant Professor of History at Western Kentucky University, sponsored the research paper by Anna Helton who wrote “Foreign Intrusion as Sexual Seduction: Chinese Anti-Christian Writing and Popular Disturbance” for her Honors History 460 class.

Congratulations to both winners!


Board Meeting, June 16

In Business Meeting on June 26, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

SUMMARY – KATH Board Meeting, Saturday, June 16, 2013, Louisville, KY
Present:  President Allison Hunt, Cheryl Caskey, Randolph Hollingsworth, Lorie Maltby, Sara Price, Alana Cain Scott
Absent: Angela Ash, Crystal Culp, Wendy Davis, Pattie Dillon, Jake Gibbs, Chris Snow

The meeting covered KATH Board nominations, upcoming fall conference & meeting, breakout sessions, paper awards, invitation to local regional publishing companies, and consideration of KATH swag (i.e., tote bags, water bottles, etc.).

  • Nominations Committee (Lorie Maltby and Chris Snow) – Maltby will recruit individuals to fill in the currently vacant executive board (i.e., public/comprehensive and research university representatives) and to seek volunteers for upcoming vacant positions (i.e., President-elect and Librarian/archivist).  Sara Price notified the group of her change in jobs from librarian/archivist to university transfer advisor.  Recommendations of possible board members were offered.  Alana Cain Scott will provide Lorie with the KATH membership list.  Lorie will contact current inactive Board members and possible new members as well as post a call for nominations on the KATH website.
  • Logistics Committee (Jake Gibbs, Cheryl Caskey, Pattie Dillon) – Gibbs was not present at the meeting however he has been in contact with BCTC leadership to reserve space at the Leestown Campus for Saturday, Sept 28; the committee needs also to work with the nearby hotels to block off and reserve rooms at a discount for KATH meeting attendees; the committee also needs to solicit institutions to support the traditional breakfast eateries; and, the lunch to be catered (Gibbs has reached out to Bourbon n’ Toulouse whose owner was once a BCTC student).
  • Papers & Awards Committee (Randolph Hollingsworth, Crystal Culp) – calls for papers (Hollingsworth for Clark and Betts; Culp for Tolson) have resulted in submissions in all categories – papers are currently being evaluated; Dr. Melanie Goan is organizing the Herring award judges
  • Funding and Finance Committee (Alana Scott, Wendy Davis) – The Board agreed to keep the conference registration fee (including lunch and price of membership) at $50.00 for regular members. Alana mentioned her efforts to contact US Bank and create an online account so members can pay dues and conference fees via the KATH website. Randolph queried whether a PayPal account was possible. (Randolph has since worked with Alana to create a PayPay account on the KATH website.) Allison is also looking into the possibility of awarding professional development credit for high school teachers who attend the conference.  Allison and Alana will work on a KHC application (being accepted as of July 1). Maltby will research purchasing items with the KATH logo to distribute to speakers and paper award winners and to sell to KATH members.  Items mentioned included tote bags, water bottles, etc.
  • Conference Program & Speakers Committee (Allison Hunt, Sara Price, Angela Ash) – Price will contact the Lexington Public Library Central Branch about allowing an early evening reception at their gallery; the local historic homes might have artifact displays for the library.  The library is located downtown Lexington within plenty of parking and within walking distance to several restaurants including Alfalfa’s where the Board will take the breakout session facilitators, the keynoter and her guest to dinner.  The agenda for the Fall 2013 Annual Meeting so far:

Date:  Friday, Sept. 27 & Saturday, Sept. 28
Saturday Meeting:   Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leestown Campus, Lexington
Friday Evening Reception:  Lexington Public Library (?)
Tentative Title:  “DIS-placement:  Impact of War on Society”

Conference Schedule:

Registration & Breakfast:  9 – 10 a.m.
  • Registration:  Scott
  • Breakfast:  Gibbs, Caskey, Dillon
  • Tables with Book Publishers: Hunt, Maltby
Welcome & Keynote:  10 – 11 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #1:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • More Q&A with Keynoter: Hunt
  • U.S. history roundtable discussion for pre-college educators: Hunt
  • Battle of Perryville and effects on community – with Stuart Sanders (author): Caskey
  • Veterans from today’s wars returning to civilian life – with Tony Dodson and Tyler Gayheart (UK): Price
  • Effects of War on Art in Egypt – with Monica Blackmun Visona (UK): Price
  • Use of GIS to study battlefields – with Scott Dobler (WKU): Hunt
Lunch & Business Meeting:   12:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Catered lunch: Gibbs
  • Performance and/or Presentation (perhaps Dr. Herman Farrell?): Price
  • Business Meeting: Hunt
    • Nominations Committee: Maltby (slate for new KATH Executive Board officers for 2013-14)
    • Paper Award Presentations: Culp, Hollingsworth and Goan
    • New Business (if any): Dillon
Breakout Sessions #2:  2:00-3:00 p.m.
    (Repeat of the above)

Plenary Session Wrap-up: 3:00-3:30 p.m.
    (Something fun to gather everyone back together before they leave – suggestions welcome)

For more detailed minutes, please contact Lorie Maltby, KATH Secretary,


37th Meeting a Success

In Business Meeting,KATH Awards,KATH Conference on September 16, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Plenary Session at KATH meeting at duPont Manual High School, Sept 15, 2012The 37th Annual Meeting of KATH was a great success: nearly 60 attendees of postsecondary faculty, secondary educators, public historians, and students. Exhibits included representatives from the University Press of Kentucky,  the United States Daughters of 1812 – Kentucky Chapter, the Filson Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Campbellsville University’s Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

State Representative Steve Riggs presents legislative citation to Dr. George Herring at KATH conference, September 15, 2012

As part of a surprise organized by the U.K. History Department and the former presidents of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, State Representative Steve Riggs presented a legislative citation to our keynoter, Dr. George Herring, Professor Emeritus of the University of Kentucky.

Lunch included the incomparable performance of a Kentucky militiaman in 1812  by the talented teenager, Harry Smith under the auspices of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

The Phi Alpha Theta students from Campbellsville University will serve as guest bloggers for KATH (which will be re-posted to the H-Kentucky listserv) and give a summary of the wonderful keynote and discussion sessions.

The business meeting garnered a positive vote by acclamation for the KATH Constitution 2006 (proposed revisions 2012) which added standing committees to help organize the annual meeting, an Executive Committee 2012-13 (see below) and the presentation of three KATH student writing award certificates.

Congratulations to our new KATH leadership for 2012-13!

Executive Committee, 2012-13

  • President – Allison Hunt, duPont Manual HS
  • President-elect – Pattie Dillon, Spalding U
  • Past-President – none due to no President in 2011-12
  • Community College – Angela Ash, Owensboro CTC
  • Private/Indep – Wendy Davis, Campbellsville U
  • Public historian – Cheryl Caskey, KHS
  • Librarian/archivist – Sara Price, UK
  • K-12 representatives – Crystal Culp (McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, McCracken County Schools), Chris Snow (Henry Clay, Fayette County Public Schools)
  • Public/comprehensive – not filled
  • Research university – not filled
  • At large – Jake Gibbs, Bluegrass CTC

Additional appointments to serve as members of the KATH Board

  • Secretary – Lori Maltby, Henderson CC
  • Treasurer – Alana Cain Scott, Morehead State U
  • Webmaster – Randolph Hollingsworth, UK
  • Newsletter Editor – not filled


See more on the KATH 2012 annual meeting, including pictures, at

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