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Kentucky Historical Society becomes affiliateof Smithsonian at Boone Day celebrations

The Kentucky Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution will announce a new relationship at KHS’ annual Boone Day event on June 29, meaning Kentuckians will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Smithsonian as well as facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions.
The prestigious designation of a Smithsonian Affiliation will be announced by director Harold A. Closter at 6 p.m. as part of the annual Boone Day celebration. It will be followed by a talk by Smithsonian officials titled “New Directions for the Smithsonian and KHS: What do we have in Common?”

Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap by George Caleb Bingham, 1851-2 (Photo from commons.wikimedia.com)

Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap by George Caleb Bingham, 1851-2 (Photo from commons.wikimedia.com)

The new relationship between the KHS and the Smithsonian is a significant honor for the Society. There are currently 177 Smithsonian Affiliates in 42 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.
“Partnering with the Smithsonian reflects the Kentucky Historical Society’s commitment to sharing the power of history with Kentuckians in as many ways as possible,” says Kent Whitworth, director of the KHS. “KHS’ innovative educational programs paired with the extensive resources of the Smithsonian will be a bold new opportunity for Kentucky history.”
As an Affiliate, KHS can share the Smithsonian’s extraordinary resources with the nation. Affiliation provides enhanced access to the more than 136 million objects in the Smithsonian collections, as well as the knowledge and experience of the scholars and experts at the Smithsonian.
“We are delighted to welcome the Kentucky Historical Society into our Smithsonian partnership program,” Closter said. “The Kentucky Historical Society is well known for its significant collections, accomplished staff, commitment to education and service to the people of Kentucky. We look forward to developing exhibitions, programs, and research collaborations that will highlight the important work of both of our organizations and develop new avenues of understanding Kentucky history.”
Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program which develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums and educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian artifacts, scholars, educational programs and professional development opportunities. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available here.
For more information, contact Sally Warfield at 502-564-1792, ext. 4436 or sally.warfield@ky.gov.
From KHS

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