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

Suffrage Bio-Sketches Still Needed

So far, twenty-seven Kentucky women have been added to the Women and Social Movements national suffrage database.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed!  But we have more sketches that need to be written.  We want our state to be fully represented.  Below is a list of names that have not yet been assigned:

Mrs. Joseph Alderson (Middlesboro)

Alice Barbee (Mrs. John B.) Castleman (Louisville)

Mary E. Giltner (Covington)

Julia Duke Henning (Louisville)

Mary K. Jones (Newport)

Louise Parlin (Mrs. W. F.) Lillard (Louisville)

Sarah Gibson Humphreys (1830-1907): Writer, Speaker, Suffragist

Sarah Gibson Humphreys was born in 1830 in Warren County, Mississippi to Tobias Gibson of that state and Louisiana Breckinridge Hart of Kentucky.  On June 21, 1853, she married a cousin Joseph Alexander Humphreys of Woodford County, Kentucky, and in ten years of marriage they had five children, three of whom survived: Lucy, Sarah or “Sallie,” and Joseph.  Sarah’s husband suffered from poor health, and in 1863, Joseph died, leaving Sarah widowed at age thirty-three.  Although her time was quite consumed with raising children and overseeing their education, as well as maintaining property in