About Us


8We are five ambitious and dedicated advocates who wish to preserve the memories and history of Kentucky’s asylums, hospitals and institutions established Kentucky Historic Institutions in 2016. Many of these facilities, long demolished and forgotten, have decades or even centuries of untold stories waiting to be uncovered.

The founding members of this group, Phil Tkacz, Jay Gravatte, Hope Bryant, Robin Rider-Osborne and Shawn Logan have years of combined experience ranging from field and clinical work to extensive research in newspaper archives and libraries across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. Over the years, our members have connected with former patients, employees, and their families to gain a better understanding of what life was like and how these facilities operated. At this time, our members work entirely on a volunteer basis and we do not receive any monetary donations. Our members are incredibly passionate and the reward is knowing that these memories are being preserved for future generations.

Written, visual, and oral histories will be provided for the various institutions so please check our website frequently for updates. The main page of this website also houses a blog which will be updated on a regular basis providing educational and other information related to the institutions featured on the website. Please remember that the website is a work in progress and we will be providing updates as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you would like to contact us or to provide additional information, photos and stories then please click here. You can also visit and participate in our Facebook groups. Welcome and thank you for supporting our community!

Mission Statement

The mission of Kentucky Historic Institutions is to preserve memories, advocate for the forgotten patients and employees and to educate the public about the individual history of Kentucky’s old asylums, hospitals and institutions.

Get to Know Us

Jay  /  Phil  /  Hope / Robin  /  Shawn


Our senior vice president, Marshmallow!


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