Three people with ties to WKU were honored Nov. 11 with the Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society.
Michael Ann Williams, WKU folklore professor, received the Award of Distinction for making a significant contribution to state and local history through her work with the Kentucky Oral History Commission. This commission, the only commission of its kind in the United States, supports the creation and preservation of oral histories across Kentucky.
Williams has served on the KOHC Advisory Board since 1997 and is a member of the commission’s grant review committee. Her experience and expertise has ensured that commission funds are applied to quality projects that push the use and accessibility of oral history collections across the state.
Glen Conner, retired associate professor of Geography and Geology at WKU, was honored with a Publication Award for his book Frontiersmen in the War of 1812.
Although the War of 1812 is sometimes considered to be a “forgotten war,” Conner has worked to bring this conflict to the forefront. In his book, he examines the causes of the war, the soldiers who fought and the reasons why the War of 1812 is so important to Kentucky history: nearly one in six residents—about 25,000 men—performed some type of military service during the war and Kentucky suffered approximately 60 percent of the war’s total casualties.
John Hardin, WKU professor of History, also received a publication award as co-editor of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, along with Gerald L. Smith and Karen Cotton McDaniel.
The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia includes entries from Kentucky’s pioneer period to the present day and provides “a foundational guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth.” With 150 contributing authors and more than 1,000 entries, this reference work describes the Kentucky African Americans who played pivotal roles in every facet of the state’s history.
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