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Magical History Tour

HISTORY ON THE MOVE - Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Carr Elementary School had the opportunity Thursday to visit a museum literally in the front yard of their school building. The Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile, a mobile museum featuring exhibits on Kentucky history, was parked in front of Carr much of Thursday morning for students to take a learning tour.  The 300 square-foot exhibit is contained within a 45 foot tractor trailer. According to the KES website, the program, which began in 1973, has presented a wide variety of exhibits on Kentucky history to at least 1 million Kentuckians, half of which have been students.  The current exhibit, Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians and the Civil War Era, features eight Kentuckians from famous to everyday citizens. Those eight individuals include John J. Crittenden; “Great Compromiser” Henry Clay; Union soldier Ben Buckner and his slave, Jim; Elijah Marrs, who was born into slavery but became a Union soldier; Ellen Wallace; Confederate soldier Henry Lane Stone; and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Marshall Harlan. Through personal recollections, primary sources, authentic artifacts and touch-screen activities, students have the opportunity to learn critical thinking strategies and explore the difficult decisions Kentuckians faced during the Civil War. The exhibit is done in a comic book type style which makes the information not only fun to view, but easy to read. The KHS HistoryMobile is supported by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Pilot Corporation and the KHS Foundation. This exhibit is made possible through a reimbursement program from the United States Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. More photos of the rolling museum exhibit may be found under the photo galleries link of this website.

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