The Kentucky Historical Society is hosting multiple workshops for teachers at no cost on July 11.

The workshops will provide teachers with practical strategies for incorporating inquiry and project-based learning, honing students’ historical thinking and literacy skills, and increasing content knowledge of Kentucky history. Space is limited so registration is strongly recommended.

  • Primary Source Research Resources, 10 a.m. ET: Looking for primary source material to use in your lessons? We’ve got you covered! Join Digital Archivist Alyssa Ollier for a walkthrough of the KHS Digital Collections and other online resources available at KHS. KHS makes Kentucky history free and accessible to the public and utilizes technology available in most classrooms. Prefer analog to digital? No worries — Alyssa Ollier will also have some physical archival materials on display to demonstrate the power of primary sources! She is the Kentucky Historical Society’s digital archivist.
  • National History Day Training, 10 a.m. ET: Join us at the Kentucky Historical Society for a full-day workshop on National History Day. You will have the opportunity to attend sessions led by Kentucky scholars that cover topics such as breaking down the theme and brainstorming ideas, as well as an expert session on National History Day. There will also be category-specific tips and tricks session, and you will get to evaluate student projects as if you were a judge. This workshop is capped at 30 teachers, each of whom will receive a $100 stipend.
  • Says Who? Using Historical Markers to Inspire Inquiry in the Classroom, 1 p.m. ET: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the state’s Historical Marker Program. Today, more than 2,400 historical markers span the length of the Commonwealth. How can K-12 teachers use these markers as a jumping-off point for students to investigate the claims on the historical markers in their areas? Have our interpretations of these events or the information available to us changed since the marker was erected? What might a new marker about this topic look like if one were created today? This workshop will provide educators with the resources necessary to guide students through inquiry-based state and local history projects in their classrooms. The session will be led by James Seaver, community engagement coordinator.
  • Civil War Governors of Kentucky in the Classroom, 2:30 p.m. ET: Since 2012, the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK) at the Kentucky Historical Society has transcribed, edited and uploaded nearly 10,000 documents relating to Kentucky history during the Civil War. While a valuable archive for genealogists and academic researchers, CWGK also has potential in Kentucky classrooms, helping to illuminate Kentucky’s history as a border state with contested and conflicting loyalties. This workshop will introduce educators to the CWGK project and how primary sources from the digital archive can be incorporated into the classroom, situating local and state histories within broader national narratives. The session will be led by Brian Trump, Civil War Governors of Kentucky editorial specialist.

On July 12, join the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies and the Kentucky Historical Society at the Thomas D. Clark Center in Frankfort.

Meet with Kentucky’s social studies educators, administrators, and professionals from across the state to rejuvenate your teaching strategies and collaborate with others in social studies education. Pre-service teachers are also encouraged to attend.

Visit the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies 2024 Conference webpage to register.

On July 23, the Kentucky Historical Society will host a workshop Document Based Questions (DBQs).

For two decades, the DBQ Project has helped students of all ability levels and ages to think critically with inquiry-based units that mirror the type of evidence-based writing and synthesis required in the SAT and AP exams.

Led by DBQ Project team members, this lively one-day workshop will provide instructional strategies and intensive modeling on historical thinking skills, argumentative writing, and how to scaffold DBQs for students with various abilities.

Special emphasis will be dedicated to the Kentucky Document Collections, a fantastic resource for digital primary sources collected by the Kentucky Historical Society. By the program’s end, you’ll be well-prepared to craft dynamic, inquiry-driven classrooms.

Visit the DBQ Project workshop page for more details and registration information.