Save Our History

The Caldwell County Historical Society in Princeton, Kentucky, received a $10,000 Save Our History grant from the History Channel to help restore and preserve a historical 1926 one-room African-American school in the rural community of Fredonia, Kentucky. In partnership with local students from the Caldwell County School System and the Fredonia Heritage Committee, the Caldwell County Historical Society’s project focused on researching, documenting, restoring, preserving and creating a permanent educational and historical resource from one of two remaining African-American schools in the county. Students from all grade levels and across the four county schools were involved in the physical restoration of the building under the guidance of the Kentucky Heritage Council, as well as the collection of oral histories, the making of a documentary film about the site including a reenactment, and the creation of exhibits and brochures about the historical site.

The Caldwell County Historical Society was one of 27 history organizations across the country to receive a 2006 Save Our History community preservation grant. The African-American School preservation project was selected by the History Channel as one of the Top 10 Save Our History projects in the nation. Three Caldwell County Students and two chaperones attended The History Channel’s Save Our History National Honors Event in Washington, D.C., to receive the award and participate in the 2007 Save Our History Youth Summit and National Honors Breakfast. The “Save Our 1926 African-American School” brought community people together, actively engaged children and young people in the preservation of their local history, and communicated the importance of saving local history for future generations.

View an excerpt from the project.

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