Welcome to H-Kentucky

The goal of H-Kentucky is to create an online collaborative environment to facilitate communication and the exchange or scholarly and pedagogical ideas among teachers, researchers, scholars, advanced students, and related professionals (e.g. local historians, librarians, archivists, genealogists), all in an open, democratic, respectful and non-partisan manner. H-Kentucky especially welcomes those who are interested in Kentucky, as well as those in any history/humanities field who live and/or work in Kentucky. 

Recent Content

Kentucky "Days": Hazards, Unknowns and Surprises from Genealogy - Part One

Kentucky has its share of surprises, unknowns and hazards; genealogy research brings these observations, while attempting to locate and know where, who and how history of not only Kentucky, but how families live and experience their own history. This has proven, so far, the situation with recent attempts to trace early to mid-19th century Kentucky history as it happened by the Day Family/Families. While researching one ancestral life, a second Day Family was discovered, in the same general area from Eastern Kentucky.

Lucy Wilmot Smith

By Karen Cotton McDaniel, Ph. D.

Lucy Wilmot Smith’s life was lived “by voice and pen.”  Smith was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 16, 1861, to Margaret Smith, who was most likely an enslaved woman.   In 1877, at the age of sixteen, she graduated from the teacher preparatory division (normal department) at Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Immediately she began her career as a teacher, supporting both herself and her mother.