Each semester, we welcome students from many courses to view artifacts, pictures, and documents from World War I and World War II in our Close Study sessions. These 1-2 hour programs offer students the chance to directly engage with primary sources, seeing firsthand the impact that the World Wars had on Kentuckians. Jointly presented with Library Special Collections, these close study sessions are one of our most popular programs.
With the increased need for virtual versions of our programs, we’ve put together the following videos that present the sessions as students see them. First, Jonathan Jeffrey of Special Collections discusses how our collections came about and items found in Special Collections:
Next, Sandy Staebell (Registrar/Collections Curator) showcases artifacts from the World Wars:
Combined, our collections hold over 423 items related to World War I and 879 items related to World War II, both of which can be viewed in KenCat. We encourage our students and community to explore these artifacts.
Love this program? Please consider supporting our Close Study sessions and other student and community programs by making a gift to our Program Fund. 100% of your gift is utilized to provide supplies and materials for program attendees.
Prefer to support us annually? Join the Kentucky Museum Friends with a gift of $5 or more, and help provide flexible funding to meet our museum’s most pressing exhibit, program, and collections needs.