Kentucky Craft History
& Education Association

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The Kentucky Craft History and Education Association gathers, conserves and presents the history and on-going impact of crafts in Kentucky.

For Immediate Release                                                                                  Contact: Philis Alvic,
August 9, 2018

Collaborations Support Access to Kentucky Craft Stories

The Kentucky Craft History & Education Association is proud to announce recent and ongoing activities and projects that support the documentation and presentation of the state’s rich craft heritage.

Grants received from the Oral History Commission (OHC), Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) support KCHEA’s ongoing Craft Luminary Project. The grants provided for transcription of 23 hours of 18-recorded video interviews and indexing of 78 hours of recorded video interviews with craft artists, organization representatives and conservationists who have had an impact on craft development in the state. KCHEA has conducted nearly 90 interviews since its inception in 2008. The services provided through the OHC grants make the interviews more accessible to researchers, scholars, and the public. 

Fellow craft artists, folklorists and educators, knowledgeable of the subject matter, conducted the interviews and a professional cinematographer recorded the videos. The transcripts and videos are in the archives at the Kentucky History Society. Currently, 40 video interviews are available for viewing online via the KHS Digital Collection at (search KCHEA). Plans are to present the balance of the interviews in the online collection. 

In another collaboration, the Frazier History Museum will present the exhibition “Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Sharing the Stories” featuring 21 craft artists from these interviews, November 19, 2018 – May 24,  2019.   A number of special programming activities planned to complement the exhibit include a reception, seminars, teacher and student professional development, family programs, a holiday market, and more. 

KCHEA President, Philis Alvic, states, “KCHEA is not a brick and mortar institution and partnerships like these are vital to KCHEA’s ability to meet its mission. It is through these organizations that we can best keep the stories of Kentucky’s craft history alive for future generations. We are extremely appreciative of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Frazier History Museum for recognizing the value of our work in this area.”

A full list of the Kentucky Craft Luminary Project interviewees and their bios are on the KCHEA web site,

The Kentucky Craft History and Education Association gathers, conserves and presents the history and on-going impact of crafts in Kentucky.
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