Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection AN EXHIBITION HONORING STORIES OF SACRIFICE AND COURAGE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: During 2009 and 2010 the Kentucky His- torical Society, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, will reinvent the way that Kentucky’s military history is cherished and shared. Four initiatives, now underway, will enlighten students, families, active duty personnel, and veterans with a greater knowledge and awareness of the sacrifices of Kentucky servicemen and women. The initiative’s four components include: • Restoration of the Old State Arsenal building Preserving and restoring the Old State Arsenal building, a National Reg- ister of Historic Properties structure, is a keystone piece of the initiative. The building has been temporarily closed and the exhibits removed while the facility is returned to its original floor plan and environmental upgrades are made. An assessment plan, paid for by Kentucky Histori- cal Society Foundation, will guide further restoration efforts. $1.8 mil- lion is needed to finish the initial work begun and funded by the Ken- tucky Department of Military Affairs. A public-private partnership is envisioned to acquire the needed resources with the goal of a limited reopening of the facility in late 2009 and full reopening in 2010. • Creation of The Arsenal Story, a traveling display The Arsenal Story, a Museums-to-Go traveling display will debut in August at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair. The display, featuring historic images, maps, and new research will explore the story of Kentucky’s premier military structure, the Old State Arsenal building. The historical significance of the building; its archi- tectural elements and the saga of its place in Kentucky’s military history will be shared with the public for the first time. The Society needs $15,000 to produce two complete sets of the display. The two sets will be circu- lated statewide to ensure that audiences across the state have the opportunity to learn about this important story. • Development of The Military History Treasures on-line exhibition Stories of Kentucky veterans from all branches of the service will be showcased in an innovative, interactive online exhibition. Thanks to a generous $20,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Trust Fund, the online exhibition will launch in August at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair. • Production of Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society Military History Col- lection, a multi-year, exhibition opening Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the headquarters of the Kentucky Historical Society. After its run at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the exhibition will shift in 2010 to the newly reopened Old State Arsenal, the home of the Kentucky Military History Museum. The show will feature the Society’s extensive military collections to highlight the stories of sacrifice and accomplishment of Kentucky soldiers. These stories represent the true Ken- tucky treasures and will be illustrated by signature artifacts. A total of $40,000 has been raised to date and $10,000 is needed to pay for the remaining cost of the exhibition. Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society Military History Collections AN EXHIBITION HONORING STORIES OF SACRIFICE AND COURAGE DESCRIPTION OF THE EXHIBITION Using signature stories associated with Kentucky military personnel and veterans, the Kentucky’s Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society Military History Collection will provide unparalleled accounts of valor, leadership, survival; service, family, and tradition. The exhibition will feature objects once displayed at the Kentucky Military History Museum, now closed for renovation, and will present other artifacts that have not been seen by the public in recent years. Key goals for the exhibition include: • Honoring Kentucky veterans and military personnel by sharing Kentucky mili- tary history with the public through signature stories, artifacts, and educational programming • Heightening awareness of the Kentucky Military History Museum as part of the Kentucky Historical Society history campus while the museum undergoes reno- vation and remodeling • Making the Kentucky Historical Society’s military history collections more ac- cessible to the public. Of the thousands of stories that could be told, three examples are: A STORY OF LEADERSHIP— At the Battle of the Thames in October 1813, Richard M. Johnson led his regiment of Kentucky Mounted Rifles to victory. After suffering defeat at the Battle of the River Raisin, Kentuckians welcomed the news of this vic- tory and Johnson gained hero status. Signature artifacts for this story include a scrim- shawed powder horn depicting Johnson, and a Richard M. Johnson Presentation Tomahawk. A STORY OF COURAGE— Seeking adventure, William Horsfall left his Newport, Kentucky home as a stowaway aboard the military steamer Annie Laurie. Discovered too late to be returned home, he was made a drummer and later private in the 1st Ken- tucky Regiment, Company G, USA. Horsfall distinguished himself at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi in 1862 when, in disregard for his own safety, he rescued a wounded officer from the field of combat. Horsfall was only fifteen years old at the time. For his heroism, he received the Medal of Honor. He remains the youngest Kentuckian ever to have earned this distinction. Members of his company later hon- ored him with their own commemorative medal. A STORY OF SURVIVAL— Major John H. Rodman, of Owensboro, was assigned to the 57th Philippine Scouts in 1939. When war erupted in 1941 he was in command of the 92nd Regiment of the 91st Division, Philippine Army. He was taken prisoner on April 9, 1942 at Luzon and remained a prisoner of the Japanese until September 1945. Rodman was imprisoned in both Taiwan and Manchuria. During this time he was allowed to make a radio broadcast and write several letters. Signature artifacts for this story include a rice ration cup used by Rodman. EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR THE EXHIBITION The Society’s Education team will develop a full-range of programs to enhance the educational experience for all visitors. Hands-on-History carts, Oral History and Cu- rator’s Corners, interactive exhibition components, publications, and dramatic Mu- seum Theatre performances will help visitors to the exhibition experience the human face of Kentucky’s military history. PRESERVING OUR NATIONAL TREASURES OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection AN EXHIBITION HONORING STORIES OF SACRICE AND COURAGE The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, a 501(c)(3) agency charged with supporting the Society’s mission, requires $10,000 to complete the funding necessary for the Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection exhibi- tion, and $15,000 to create and produce the traveling display The Arsenal Story. The ongoing restoration of the State Arsenal build- ing will require an additional $1.8 million to complete the preser- vation work and to bring this treasure to the point where new ex- hibits can be installed and educational programming provided. The Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, Kentucky Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs, and the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation invite all interested individuals, corporations, agen- cies, and organizations to partner in an endeavor to recognize the patriotism of Kentucky’s military men and women. Our deep commitment to supporting this historical record aligns Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection with the core values of our nation and our state. All sponsors of Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection exhibition will be recog- nized via signage at the exhibition’s venues, publicity in the Ken- tucky Historical Society’s quarterly Chronicle magazine, listing in the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation’s Annual Report, citation on our Website, and special tributes at donor events. All Society-created promotional ma- terials such as, exhibition donor walls, news releases, e-blasts, and brochures, regarding the exhibitions will in- clude language such as, “The Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Collection exhibition is made possible by the generous support of [supporting donor’s name].” For further information regarding Kentucky Treasures: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Military History Col- lection or the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, please contact: James E. Wallace, Executive Director Kentucky Historical Society Foundation 100 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 564-1792 ext. 4449 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.history.ky.gov for additional insight into the Society and its programs and exhibitions. Thank You for helping preserve and present the military tradition of Kentucky through its “treasures!” Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. Please refer inquiries to Kentucky Historical Society Founda- tion, (502) 564-1792 ext. 4449. Kentucky Military History Museum Who The Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal is operated jointly by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and the Kentucky Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabi- net. What The Commonwealth of Kentucky constructed the Old State Arsenal in 1850 to house the weapons and equipment of the Kentucky Militia. Designed by Kentuckian N.C. Cook, the two-story, brick, Gothic Revival "castle" stands on a cliff overlooking the Kentucky River and the downtown area. In 1973 the Old State Arsenal became the home of the Kentucky Military History Museum. The Kentucky Military History Museum will showcase the military service of Kentucki- ans from the American Revolution through current conflicts. Displays will include an impressive collection of firearms, edged weapons, artillery, uniforms, flags, photographs, personal items, and other equipment that illustrates the commonwealth’s military heritage. The mission of the Kentucky Military History Museum is to honor and tell the stories of those Kentuckians who served their country. Where The Kentucky Military History Museum, located in downtown Frankfort on East Main Street, is part of the Kentucky Historical Society history campus, which includes the Tho- mas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and the 1830s Greek Revival Old State Capi- tol . Why The Society exists to engage all people in the discovery and interpretation of Kentucky’s past through various methods. Over four million Kentuckians count on the Society to preserve their story, to share it with the world, and to ensure that it is used to inspire a better future for them and their children. THE KENTUCKY MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENNOVATION When the Kentucky Military History Museum reopens, it will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees allow patrons access to the entire KHS history campus which includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Ken- tucky History and Old State Capitol. Parking is free. Members are admitted FREE (with presentation of membership card); adults $4; youth (ages 6-18) $2; children 5 and under FREE. School groups ($2 per person, students and adults; school group scholar- ships are available). Veterans and active duty personnel admitted FREE with presentation of military identification card. Who The Kentucky Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, exists to engage people in the exploration of the commonwealth’s diverse heritage. Based at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Society has more than 3,900 members and over 1,300 junior members to whom it provides support and educational services. Outreach programs collaborate with more than 430 local historical organizations. The Society, administered by its Executive Committee, has an annual budget of over six million dollars and maintains a staff of approximately 80. The Society is also sup- ported by the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Kentucky Historical Society is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Since it opened in 1999, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History has welcomed more than one million visitors. What The Society provides comprehensive and innovative services and interpretive programs, as well as providing stewardship for Kentucky’s valuable cultural and historical arti- facts. The Society continually aspires to be the premiere educational resource for history and heritage of Kentucky. The Society collects, preserves, conserves, interprets, and shares information, memories, and materials from Kentucky’s past to assist those interested in exploring and preserving that heritage. This mission is served through: • Museum collections, housing over 120,000 artifacts • Oral History collection, containing 8,000 oral history interviews • Libraries and Special Collections housing over 67,000 volumes, 9,100 rare books, 200,000 historic photographs, 1,900 cubic feet of manuscripts, and 2,000 maps Where Built in 1999, the 167,000-square-foot, $29-million Thomas D. Clark Center for Ken- tucky History in downtown Frankfort serves as headquarters for the Kentucky Histori- cal Society. The Society fulfills its mission by providing educational services, includ- ing: • A Kentucky Journey, a 20,000-square-foot permanent exhibition featuring 12,000 years of Kentucky history • Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery, offering 2-3 changing exhibitions each year • Martin F. Schmidt Research Library and Special Collections specializing in genealogical research and Kentucky history The Society’s history campus includes the 1850s Gothic Revival Old State Arsenal, home of the Kentucky Military History Museum, operated jointly with the Kentucky National Guard, and the 1830s Greek Revival Old State Capitol. Why The Society’s mandate is statewide, and outreach programs touch every county of the commonwealth. The Society exists to engage all people in the discovery and interpretation of Kentucky history through various methods. Over four million Kentuckians count on the Society to preserve their story, to share it with the world, and to ensure that it is used to inspire a better future for them and their children. Connections. Perspective. Inspiration.
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