Registration is open for the Kentucky History Education Conference, which will be held July 9 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

The theme of the conference is “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History,” which is based around the 2015-16 National History Day theme.

The keynote presentation will be from recognized Native American scholar John Bowes of Eastern Kentucky University. Other presenters will include Dan Vivian of the University of Louisville, Jim Holmberg of the Filson Historical Society and Mel Hankla as Simon Kenton.

Concurrent sessions on primary source activities, classroom applications, and instructional strategies will also be offered by teacher peers. Teachers who may have innovative classroom practices are invited to submit proposals to share and present their ideas by emailing a short abstract (up to 200 words) and a resume to Tim Talbott by April 10. Accepted presenters will have their conference registration fee waived and lunch provided.

The conference will also offer a field study bus on July 10 to historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad, including Old Washington, Maysville and Ripley, Ohio.

The conference fee is $35 for pre-service teachers, $45 for KHS, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and Kentucky Council for Social Studies members and $50 for non-members. The bus tour fee is $85 through May 15 or $100 after May 15.

For more information, email Tim Talbott or call (502) 564-1792, ext. 4428.