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Call for New Fellow

In Spotlight on September 12, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

The Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project invites applications for a part-time Fellow who supports this project’s unique digital portal with exemplary writing on Kentucky women’s history and culture for both scholars and nonacademic readers. The current Fellow, Kristen Thornsberry, has built up the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Timeline as well as starting up the blog and the project’s community page on Facebook. The project’s signature digital effort is to identify Kentucky’s suffrage sites and connect with a nation-wide Suffrage History Digital Map being developed by National Collaboration for Women’s Historical Sites (NCWHS) in collaboration with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative led by the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum and the League of Women Voters.

If requesting compensation, the Fellow can be hired as a temporary employee at the University of Kentucky who would be trained and supervised by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth. Pay to be negotiated. The Fellow will also collaborate with Dr. Melanie Goan (UK History Department) and Dr. Deirdre Scaggs (UK Special Collections), when needed. Most work can be done online via H-Kentucky and at a distance from UK.

Two or three Fellows can be appointed depending on availability and areas of expertise. We are looking for someone who is
– experienced in history research
– familiar with U.S. women’s history
– detail-oriented and careful with historical references
– organization and time-management skills
– communication skills
– comfortable with technical writing as well as informal social media posts
– basic Excel skills (for collecting digital map entries to be uploaded by the H-Net programmers)
– willing to track down information about records lost to history

Fellows will be working on topics related to the history of Kentucky woman suffrage and research should be published in some form on H-Kentucky: the blog, the timeline, the digital map, annotated bibliography, biographical sketches. The Fellow’s approach to a topic should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanities and social sciences disciplines as well as an interested general public.

Applicants must have received at least a Masters degree in History by September 1, 2016. Please submit the following application materials to

  1. A curriculum vitae. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a list of links to online projects and/or social media accounts.
  2. A one-page abstract in addition to a detailed statement of the research topic the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (not more than 750 words – this can be re-used for an introductory blog post).
  3. A brief, two-page proposal for a seminar (or webinar) series related to the applicant’s research.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from colleagues to whom candidates should send their research and webinar proposal. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s proposed research and webinar statements. Please ask referees to submit their letters directly to Letters must be submitted on or before October 1, 2016.

For further information, contact Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth at:
phone: 859-257-0047
or email Kristen Thornsberry at:



Student Awards 2014

In KATH Awards on October 16, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) is proud to announce the 2014 winners of the annual awards for student writing and research in history. Entries were considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who wrote their papers during the 2013-14 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the Annual Meeting this weekend in Louisville.


Cody Barnett

Cody Barnett

The Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award is given to a student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in U.S. history while attending a Kentucky college or university.

The winner of the Clark Award this year is Cody S. Barnett (Transylvania University) for his paper “The Thought of the Smell of Black Powder Smoke: Violence in Kentucky Politics and the Clayhole Election Shootout.”  Cody Barnett is from Viper, Kentucky and majored in both political science and history at Transylvania. Dr. Melissa McEuen, History professor at Transylvania University, served as his faculty sponsor.

Todd Blevins

Todd Blevins

Honorable Mention goes to Todd Blevins (Morehead State University) for his paper “Owingsville on Fire: The Second Great Awakening and the Birth of Small-Town Evangelism.”  Todd Blevins is from Owingsville, Kentucky and recently won the 2014 Camden-Carroll Library Prize for Undergraduate Research for the exemplary research conducted for his paper. Dr. Alana Cain Scott, History professor at Morehead State University, served as his faculty sponsor.


The Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award is given for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) while attending a Kentucky college or university.

Sona Apbasova

Sona Apbasova

The winner of the Betts Award this year is Sona B. Apbasova (Berea College) for her paper “Pan-Turkism of Republic of Turkey in post-Soviet Central Asian Republics in 1990s.” Sona Apbasova graduated from Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Washington; but for her, home is in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – one of the Turkic states in Central Asia. Dr. Rebecca Bates, History professor at Berea College, served as her faculty sponsor.


The George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award is given to a graduate student who has written an outstanding paper while attending a Kentucky university. The paper may be on any historical topic.

Amanda Boczar

Amanda Boczar

The winner of the Herring Award this year is Amanda Boczar (University of Kentucky) for her paper “Uneasy Allies: The Americanization of Sexual Politics in South Vietnam.” Amanda Boczar graduated with an M.A. from the University of North Florida in 2010 and is working on her dissertation currently titled, “Foreign Affairs: American Policy and the Making of Love and War in Vietnam.” She anticipates graduating with the Ph.D. in 2015. Dr. Lien-Hang Nguyen, History professor at the University of Kentucky, served as her faculty sponsor.


KATH writing awards 2013

In KATH Awards on April 1, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History sponsors four writing awards each year. Entries are considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who will have written the papers during the 2012-13 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting in late September 2013. Please consider sponsoring your students’ work for these awards:

  • Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award

    for a high school student who has written an outstanding paper on a history-related topic but the topic should have been determined by the writer (length of 1,500 to 2,500 words plus at least eight references including primary sources)

  • Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in history while attending a Kentucky college or university (must not exceed 25 pages)

  • Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) – the paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus (minimum of 2500 words)

  • George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award

    for the graduate student who has written an outstanding research paper in history on any topic (article length)

For specific details on the requirements for each award, please refer to the KATH webpage:


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


Louisville this weekend

Click here to reserve a spot at the KATH conferenceLooking forward to seeing you at the KATH conference in Louisville this weekend. Check out the wonderful agenda – featuring Dr. George C. Herring who will kick off the conference theme centering on the War of 1812.

Starting at the Filson Historical Society on Friday at 7:30 p.m., you can meet the conference speakers. The next morning have breakfast at DuPont Manual High School and buy some wonderful history books from the University Press of Kentucky. The Phi Alpha Theta students of Campbellsville University are helping out too. After Dr. Herring speaks, you will be invited to discuss in small groups the impact and meaning of the War of 1812.  Kentucky Humanities CouncilEat lunch and watch a living history performance by Harry Smith, a Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua character playing a militiaman from Kentucky. After that, we vote for the new KATH Board for 2013-14 and celebrate our student writing award-winners. At the end of the day, take a tour of the historic Halleck Hall with our wonderful host, DPM social studies teacher extraordinaire, Allison Hunt.


See the call for KATH Board members.

Download .pdf file of KATH 2012 Conference Brochure — and a Flyer here.

Posted September 11, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth


2012 Herring Award

In KATH Awards on June 28, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

2012 George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award

KATH is pleased to announce its competition for the best graduate research paper on any topic completed during the 2011-12 academic year at a Kentucky college or university. The winner will receive a $100 prize and a certificate. The award will be presented at the 2012 KATH Conference, to be held at duPont Manual High School in Louisville on Saturday, September 15.

Competition Guidelines

  1. A student may not submit more than one paper for the Herring Writing Award.
  2. The manuscript should be article length, typed, double-spaced, 12 point type, and conform to the rules of The Chicago Manual of Style regarding footnotes/endnotes, bibliography, and other stylistic matters.
  3. All personal identification information should be removed from the document itself (e.g., writer’s name or university in page numbers, endnotes, title page or first page). The student’s paper title, university, permanent address and current contact information should appear only in the body of the email message to which the paper is attached.
  4. The paper should be submitted as an email attachment in one of the following formats (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) to Dr. Melanie Goan at the University of Kentucky,, on or before the deadline: Midnight, Friday, August 3, 2012.
  5. The submission must be accompanied by an email message from the student’s supervising history professor (or the department chair), recommending the paper and certifying that it was written for a graduate course and completed in the 2011-12 academic year.

Please direct any questions to Melanie Goan at

See also the calls for
the KATH undergraduate research awards
in honor of two other of our state’s great historians:
Ray Betts and Tom Clark.

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