The Kentucky Historical Society, founded in 1836, has long been the state’s storehouse of history. Today it is the home of the 167,000-square-foot Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. The state-of-the-art facility, which opened in April 1999, is the centerpiece of a campus that offers numerous learning opportunities to students, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in Kentucky history.
The Kentucky Historical Society operates three unique sites in downtown Frankfort that tell the story of our state’s history. At the Frankfort facilities and through the Society’s outreach programs, the Kentucky story stirs the hearts of over a quarter-million people contains the state history museum,
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Kentucky History Center—Home to the Societ , this building brar , gift shop, rental facilit , and the Society’s educational and publications programs. Old State Capitol—Completed in 1830, this site is a national historic landmark. Its House and Senate cham- bers, graced by Kentucky paintings and sculpture, tell the story of state government in the commonwealth. Kentucky Military History Mu- seum—Two centuries of Kentucky’s military heritage are traced through an extraordinary collection of weap- ons, uniforms, flags, and photo- graphs. Housed in the 1850 Old State Arsenal, the museum operates in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. The Kentucky Military History Museum (left) houses a collection of artifacts from the states’ military heritage. It was built in 1850 as the state arsenal. Union and Confederate troops fought to control it during the Civil ar. The Old State Capitol (right), completed about 1830, is a gem of Greek-Revival architecture. Designed by Gideon Shryock, it was the first state capitol of its type west of the Appalachian Mountains. It is today operated as a museum and is open for tours.
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