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

NEH Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2018 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath.  Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2018.

Anderson County suffragists take on county clerk to assert their right to vote and run for office in school elections

Not everyone believed that they had to follow the new Kentucky law of 1912 that gave "qualified" women the right to vote and run for office in the new county school system. When Mrs. Lee Campbell, principal of a private school in Lawrenceburg (History & Families, 29), went to register her candidacy for the elected position of Anderson County school superintendent, the county clerk at first hesitated and asked her to come back later. Mrs. Campbell returned, together with Mrs. Wallace Moore Bartlett who was president of the Anderson County Equal Rights Association. Mrs.

School suffrage loses steam in Kentucky legislature amid statewide educational reforms

The Kentucky legislature's reform of public education in 1908 with the Sullivan Law establishing high schools and truant officers in every county did not include returning school board franchise to women. By 1900 sixteen other states had already passed school suffrage for women and women in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming exercised their rights to full suffrage.

Kentucky legislature refuses to return to partial suffrage for women again

In addition to her many other social reform campaigns, including the building of a state tuberculosis sanitorium, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge lobbied in the early years of the 20th century for the restoration of Kentucky women's right to vote in school board elections.