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Early America, Early Kentucky

Early American Early Kentucky

 Early America, Early Kentucky!

Early America, Early Kentucky is a learning experience developed by the Education department of the Kentucky Museum. Early American, Early Kentucky Video

  • Students will be divided into four groups and will rotate through four stations: Colonial American & Primary Sources, Life in Frontier Kentucky, Historic Native Americans and Kentucky African Americans.
  • Students will spend 25 minutes at each station, gaining both knowledge and engaging in a variety of hands-on activities.

In its early days, Kentucky became a middle ground. The area served as a crossroads where different groups met. Native Americans hunted the land. From the north and west, small groups of French explorers came to the region. A few Spanish arrived from the south. From the east, Virginians and other English colonists, and African Americans with them, entered Kentucky. It was a multicultural society from the start.

Because the song of this great state didn't begin with one note, Early American, Early Kentucky is composed in a multi-dimensional harmony. We will explore life for colonial Americans, early settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans, while also gaining perspective on how their lives were presented in both primary and secondary sources.


 Teacher Resources

For each of the four stations, there are a variety of resources for pre or post visit use.Click on any red heading to view and download material.

 Early American Early Kentucky


 Early American Early Kentucky






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