KHS Foundation to develop curriculum

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The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Foundation has received a $110,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will be used by KHS to create a curriculum called “The Right Answer,” a partnership between KHS and Kentucky schools.

The initiative will increase students’ skills in visual literacy, historical literacy and critical thinking with the aid of historical collections. KHS will conduct a pilot study that will result in a curriculum that can be shared statewide. The program will provide schools with a dynamic set of primary and secondary sources that can be used to teach across a broad range of disciplines, including history, social studies, government, humanities, reading, writing and fine arts.

IMLS recently distributed 152 awards nationwide totaling $18.1 million matched with $34.7 million in non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, visit www.imls.gov.

For more information about “The Right Answer,” contact Mike Deetsch, KHS student programs manager, at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4424 or mike.deetsch@ky.gov. For more about KHS and its educational programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.

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