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Before school starts, consider an educational trip through Kentucky history and culture

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August is back-to-school time, and according to the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, what better time to think about places to take children to learn about Kentucky history and culture.

Museums, historic sites and attractions throughout the state offer young people many possible insights into Kentucky’s history and diverse culture.

At Kentucky museums, youngsters encounter collections dedicated to everything from horses to Corvettes, baseball bats and the world’s most famous boxer. Whatever your kids’ interest, you’ll most likely find a Kentucky museum that caters to it. Enjoying the priceless artifacts contained in Kentucky museums requires only that youngsters bring their sense of curiosity and desire to learn something new.


From the National Quilt Museum in Paducah to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Kentucky boasts one-of-a-kind collections found nowhere else in the world. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville features the boxing champion’s extensive memorabilia, along with exhibits aimed to inspire visitors to achieve their own fullest potential.

Kentucky is also replete with state and national historic sites commemorating important places and people from pioneer days through the Civil War and up to more recent times.

Prominent historic sites in the Bluegrass State’s timeline include birthplaces of Abraham Lincoln (Hodgenville) and Jefferson Davis (Fairview), Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (Middlesboro), Constitution Square Historic Site (Danville) and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail..

Meanwhile, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill’s 3,000 acres offer a place of exploration that stretches kids’ imaginations. The pioneering Shakers who built the village more than 200 years ago evolved distinctive technology, architecture, clothing, land use and beliefs. Today, the nonprofit National Historic Landmark’s educational programs provide interdisciplinary, experiential learning for many age groups. Year-round student programs are customized to meet specific group needs and include fall-on-the-farm activities, Shaker innovation and technology tours, make-and-take workshops, grassland hikes, riverboat rides, and special seasonal activities.

For more ideas of places to visit with your children this back-to-school season, visit www.KentuckyTourism.com.

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From Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism

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