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KATH Board Meetings

In Business Meeting,KATH Conference on March 18, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

Members of the KATH Board met in February and March to get ready for this fall’s 41st Annual Meeting. KATH President Megan Mummy presided.

The Board continues to discuss the need for KATH to broaden its reach amongst Historians in Kentucky. The President used the H-Kentucky network to call for more Board members, and nearly all the positions on the Board that were not filled at the 2015 Annual Meeting have now been filled. The following committees have been formed

  • Conference Program and Speakers Committee – President-elect Brent Taylor leads; Eric Jackson and Jarrett Nantz, members
  • Conference Location and Logistics Committee – President Megan Mummey leads; Kate Hesseldenz and Amanda Higgins, members
  • Papers and Awards Committee – Past president Angela Ash leads; Cheryl Caskey (at KHS) will help again with the Tolson Award submissions; Robin West will handle the Betts Award; Melissa McEuen will manage the Clark Award; and, Melanie Goan will chair the Herring Award committee; Randolph Hollingsworth will assist where needed
  • Nominating Committee – Secretary Lorie Maltby leads; Leslie McCarty and Howard Muncy, members
  • Funding and Finance Committee – Treasurer Alana Cain Scott leads; Doug Fulkerson and Deonte Hollowell, members (Megan will work with Alana to see if we can still apply for the KHC mini-grant)

The KATH newsletter will be revived by Amanda – she and Megan will work on developing a new model for this important communication strategy for history educators in Kentucky. New promotional materials will be developed by Kate for regular dissemination by the Board. Brent will update the pre-conference flier once the theme, date and keynote are finalized.

For the KATH Annual Meeting in 2016, the Board has settled on using the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library. The library has an auditorium and small meeting rooms that are free for the President to reserve. We want to use a historic house for the Friday night reception. Megan will contact folks at Ashland to see if they will donate their space to KATH for that evening’s get-together. Randolph will ask to reserve the Gaines Center on UK’s campus, if needed. Megan will look into having some sort of exhibit hosted by UK Special Collections that addresses the theme.

The Board agreed that this year’s topic should focus on presidential elections. A keynote speaker could introduce the topic and make it useful for social studies teachers, postsecondary scholars, public historians, librarians and archivists alike. A group of secondary teachers could offer a roundtable on how they teach during an election year (a call needs to go out via Kentucky Teacher and H-Announce). Another speaker would focus in on Kentucky and presidential history. Lunch would include the regular KATH Business Meeting which includes nominating the new slate of Board members and celebrating the faculty sponsors while handing out the KATH student writing awards.

The date of the 2016 Annual Meeting is still being negotiated. KATH does not want to have its meeting coincide with the Ohio Valley, the Southern or the KY Council of the Social Studies conferences.


Spotlight: Kate Hesseldenz

In Spotlight on March 14, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

Kate Hesseldenz 2016

Kate Hesseldenz

Next up in our series of Spotlight posts is the KATH Board representative for Public Historians: Kate Hesseldenz, Curator & Development Assistant at the Liberty Hall Historic Site in Frankfort. Here’s her answers to our questions:

Current school and alma mater/s: I am a public historian, a curator, at Liberty Hall Historic Site in Frankfort. I received my BA in Art History (1991) from Indiana University, Bloomington and my MA in Anthropology/Museum Studies (2001) from the University of Denver.

Fields of interest: Kentucky history and Early American history

When did you first develop an interest in history? In college, in my first semester at IU, I took an art appreciation class which I loved. This experience began my lifelong interest in both art and history.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? My degree is in Anthropology so I didn’t study history in grad school, but I began working at the Kentucky Historical Society after graduate school. I began learning Kentucky history then, although I grew up in Kentucky and had previously worked at the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at UK, so I already had a base knowledge of prehistoric and historic Kentucky.

What projects are you working on currently? In addition to a wonderful decorative arts collection at Liberty Hall, we also have a library and archives. In an effort to raise awareness and scholarship about the Brown family, who lived at Liberty Hall, we are currently (through a grant-funded project) working to catalog and digitize this collection. Very little scholarship has been done on John Brown, who was one of Kentucky’s first U.S. Senators. Brown also worked for many years for Kentucky statehood. Working behind-the-scenes in Washington prior to 1792, he helped to establish Kentucky as a state. By digitizing our archival collection and creating an online catalog, we are hoping to entice Kentucky history scholars to choose Brown as a research topic. We will begin making the collection accessible online in the summer of 2016.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? I just read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I thought it was such an amazing book. Having read Seabiscuit, I knew Hillenbrand was a good writer and with this book she did not disappoint. The story of Louis Zamperini’s survival amidst major adversity was truly riveting—a real page-turner!

Other than history, what are you passionate about? Art, reading, cooking, yoga, and enjoying time with friends and family.

Any final thoughts? With falling attendance at historic sites, there is much discussion amongst historic house professionals about how to stay relevant. Many of us don’t visit or support the local treasures in our own backyards. If you don’t already, please visit/support Kentucky’s historic house museums—many are doing interesting programs, re-inventing the tour experience, and creating new exhibits or interpretative spaces.


2015 KATH Writing Award Winners

Congratulations to all our 2015 KATH Writing Award winners!

Results are in from the George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award committee chair, Dr. Melanie Goan. The winner is:

Mel Kapitan, University of Kentucky
for her research paper
“Rebellion in Speech and Monks in Seclusion:
Hildemar of Corbie’s Expositio regulam Sancti Benedicti
and the Community of Monks in Ninth-Century Civate”
Sponsored by University of Kentucky History professor, Dr. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau

According to the KATH Betts Award committee chair Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, the judges for the Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award have selected the winner to be:

Sarah Fox, Western Kentucky University
for her research paper
“Soviet Influence on the Music of Socialist Republics”
Sponsored by Western Kentucky University History professor, Dr. Marc Eagle

And the winner of the Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award is:

Mattie Bruton, Transylvania University
for her research paper
“Sallie Southall Cotten: Womanhood, Racial Purity, and Defining ‘Progress’ in the New South”
Sponsored by Transylvania University History professor, Dr. Melissa McEuen

From Cheryl Caskey, the committee chair for the Anita Sanford Tolson Student Writing Award for high school students, the winner is:

Amir Abou-Jaoude, Henry Clay High School, Fayette County Public Schools
for his research paper
“Richard Wagner and the Legacy of the Leitmotif”
Sponsored by Henry Clay High School social studies teacher, Jonathan McClintock

Please join the 2015 KATH Board in celebrating these students and their faculty sponsors at the 40th Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 3rd in Owensboro. Register to attend now – using our secure online payment process. Download the KATH conference brochure here (.pdf file).

Posted September 29, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth


A Celebration of Lance Banning

In Alerts,Spotlight on May 6, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Lance Banning

Lance Banning (circa 2001)

Come to the Boone Center at the University of Kentucky on May 15th at 5 pm to join in “A Celebration of the Life and Career of Historian Lance Banning” (see more at UKNow).

snippet from press release from the University Press of Kentucky

Banning was one of the most distinguished historians of his generation. His first book, The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology, was a groundbreaking study of the ideas and principles that influenced political conflicts in the early American Republic. His revisionist masterpiece, The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic, received the Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Banning was assembling this collection of his best and most representative writings on the Founding era when his untimely death stalled the project just short of its completion. Now, thanks to the efforts of Todd Estes, this work is finally available. Founding Visions: The Ideas, Individuals, and Intersections that Created America showcases the work of a historian who shaped the intellectual debates of his time. Featuring a foreword by Gordon S. Wood, the volume presents Banning’s most seminal and insightful essays to a new generation of students, scholars, and general readers.

Lance Banning (1942–2006) taught at Brown University and the University of Kentucky and held a senior Fulbright appointment at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1997. During his prolific career, he held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Center for the History of Freedom.

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


Call for NHD judges

In Alerts on April 15, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Judge for National History Day in KentuckyThe Kentucky Junior Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society Needs You to be a Judge at the National History Day in Kentucky state contest.
April 25 at the University of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) offers an annual program with students around the state called National History Day in Kentucky. It’s basically a history “convention” for 4th-12th grade students. It revolves around an overall theme (this year is “Leadership and Legacy”) but can  range in a variety of topics.An unprecedented number of students have participated in regional National History Day contests this year.

There are five categories to be judged – papers, exhibit boards, websites, documentaries, and performances. As a judge, your responsibilities are to review projects, talk to enthusiastic students, and rank the projects based on established criteria. Judging volunteers can indicate their preferred category. Specific category instructions can be found on the KHS website under the heading, “Volunteer to be a NHD Judge.”

The day for judges begins at 8:00 with orientation (breakfast is provided), judging begins at 9:00 and lasts until 12 or so, with lunch (also provided) following so judges can finish up their scoring. Judges should be finished around 1 pm.

More information about the NHD topic can be downloaded (.pdf file) here. The Judges Evaluation Guidelines can be downloaded (.docx file) here.

This year, the state’s National History Day competition is held at the University of Kentucky in the White Hall Classroom Building and Barker Hall on Saturday 25 April.

Here’s the online registration link ( for volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Ashlee Chilton, Museum Educator at KHS, through her work email at


Using Primary Sources in College Classroom

Jaime Burton

Jaime M. Burton

Are you ready for the KATH Annual Meeting on October 18th in Louisville? We’re excited about it – and want to let you know about one of our breakout sessions being offered by Jaime Burton, Education and Outreach Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

The title of her session is :”Taking the Gloves Off: Archives and Primary Sources in the Undergraduate Classroom.”

A brief synopsis follows:

Step into the exciting world of infinite opportunities for undergraduate learning through the eyes of the Education & Outreach program at the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Research Center.  The presentation will consist of an overview of key program components, including methods for working with faculty, the materials selection process, developing an exercise worksheet, and assessing student learning.   Attendees will engage in a hands-on active learning exercise as part of the session.

Sign up for the KATH Annual Meeting today! Use our online registration form or contact Dr. Alana Cain Scott at Morehead State University directly. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Posted September 12, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Teaching U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Ryan Crowley

Dr. Ryan Crowley

KATH is proud to announce that Dr. Ryan Crowley, recently hired in to the University of Kentucky College of Education, will facilitate a breakout session at this year’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Crowley is Assistant Professor for Elementary Education Social Studies who invites us to think about how when we teach US History and Civics/ Government (through its emphasis on voting rights) we too often present the civil rights of minority groups as fixed and immutable rather than — as he puts it in his article in Race, Ethnicity, and Education — “contingent and vulnerable.”

Dr. Crowley’s session is titled, “Critical race theory and teaching the US Civil Rights Movement.” He sends us this description:

This session will introduce a few of the basic tenets of critical race theory and use theses principles to explore an alternative way of looking at iconic civil rights landmarks such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Attendees will explore primary source documents related to these events and discuss how this framework adds to our understanding of the US political landscape that accommodated the passage of civil rights reforms.

Sign up for the KATH Annual Meeting today! Use our online registration form or contact Dr. Alana Cain Scott at Morehead State University directly. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Posted September 10, 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


2 winners for Herring Prize

In KATH Awards on September 19, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This just in from Dr. Melanie Beals Goan, chair of the Herring Graduate Student Writing Prize Committee.

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

This year the Herring Prize goes to two winners:

  • Bethany Sharpe, “Humanity Begins at Home: America’s First Refugees and the Roots of U.S. Humanitarianism” (University of Kentucky, Dr. Jane Calvert, supervising professor)
  • Mary Osborne, “Keeping the Faith: The American and Canadian Legions Construct Memories of the First World War, 1919-1941” (University of Kentucky, Dr. James Albisetti, supervising professor).
Drs. George Herring and Melissa Goan

Dr. Herring congratulates in absentia the winner of the 2012 George C. Herring Writing Award, William Black of WKU (not pictured) with Dr. Melanie Goan (right), KATH Herring Award Committee Chair

Both winners will receive a $100 check and a certificate. Dr. George Herring has graciously offered again this year to support KATH in awarding these cash prizes.

Competition was fierce this year!  We had ten very good submissions.

Congratulations to all!


We Have a Winner!

In Alerts,KATH Awards on August 22, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

excited crowd sceneWith the roars of an excited crowd in the background, we are proud to announce that we have a winner of the 2013 Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Writing Award!

Joseph B. Brown, an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, wrote “‘Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?’:  Politics of the Antebellum Baptist Schism in Kentucky” for his HIS499 project for Dr. Joanne Melish in the spring semester of 2013.

The paper was selected in a blind review by two judges who volunteered for the KATH Clark Award Committee.  Here are some of their comments on Mr. Brown’s work.

“The author offers a keen assessment of the relationship between religion and politics in the early 19th century, and postulates that two distinct denominations of the Baptist faith, Antimissionary and Missionary, were diametrically opposed both religiously and politically.  The assertion here is that the way these faithful adherents interpreted the Bible was also reflected in the way they interpreted the Constitution. For example, the case is presented that Antimissionary Baptists preferred a strict constructionists approach to the New Testament and the Constitution, nurturing grave concern for strong institutions within the church and the U.S. government.  Kentucky is given special consideration, and evidence is presented that in certain counties where Antimissionary Baptists dominated, Democrats were voted into office, and by the same token, Missionary  Baptists predominately voted Whig. Adding to the relevance of this discussion was the consideration of modern religious movements and their relationship to constitutional interpretation, the author noted that today’s fundamentalist Christians are also committed to a strict interpretation of the Constitution, thus indicating that religious beliefs continue to influence policy positions and attitudes toward government, just as they did in the 19th century.  Well done!”
“The paper is an excellent effort by an undergraduate, it shows hard work, originality, and it handled a complex problem very well. Although it sheds light on an important aspect of Kentucky and the nation’s past, the paper brings forward the questions of the past and demonstrates how they are still relevant in the present. The data contained within the Appendixes are welcomed and add much to the paper. The list of works cited show both secondary and primary sources.  There is a good opening to the paper, it presents the problem, while the rest of the paper relates the final disposition of the problem (the schism in the Baptist Church). The Epilogue brings the story to the present. The author writes in an interesting and engaging style, which will hold most readers attention. … It is interesting, well written, shows originality of thought, and the ability handle a difficult topic. The errors found are for the most part minor, showing lack of experience and typical of ones made by undergraduates. I have no reservations of recommending this paper for highest honors.”

When informed yesterday of his award and invitation to attend the upcoming KATH Annual Meeting on September 28th, Mr. Brown replied, “I am honored to receive this award and I am ecstatic about the wonderfully positive feedback my work has received from the judges.” He agreed that KATH could publish his paper on our website for future competitors to see the quality of work done.  He went on to say, “It is sincerely an honor for my paper to be recognized by such an esteemed and venerable body of scholars.”

With such gracious civility as well as excellent writing and research skills, Mr. Brown’s prospects loom large.  We are sure that all of Kentucky’s history educators are cheering for this young scholar!

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