Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Online Exhibit Review: Kentucky Military Treasures

Advances in technology have transformed museums. The things that are now possible with online exhibitions is simply amazing. Where once a person would have to make an appointment with a museum's curator to get a close look at artifacts; now its possible to simply log on to certain online exhibits to appreciate valued relics of the past.

The Kentucky Historical Society has recently placed many items in their military history collection into a most impressive online exhibit titled Kentucky Military Treasures.

If you are military history enthusiast this exhibit is not to be missed. But even if you don't have an interest in military history you will appreciate this incredible exhibit.

The exhibit features five different sections: "Signature Stories," "Curator's Corner," "Enduring Voices," "Timeline," and "Resources." Each section reveals a wealth of information and virtual access to the artifacts that is unbelievable. For example, in the "Signature Stories" section, when you click on Richard M. Johnson you can then click on the powder horn thumbnail picture and then enlarge and reduce it and also spin it 360 degrees to see it at different angles. The signature stories are of Kentucky soldiers that are told in a unique manner and span from the War of 1812 to the present conflicts.

In the "Curator's Corner," features are given on the weapons and flags in the KHS collections, as well as a look at the history of the Old State Arsenal, built in 1850. Currently the Old State Arsenal is undergoing a renovation process, but will soon open as the home of many of these Kentucky Military Treasures.

The following link will take you to this excellent online exhibit: http://history.ky.gov/military/ Be sure to visit when you get the chance.

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