Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

Before you get started, please check this post for updated information, quick tips, and information on how to obtain historical records. Are you interested in using any of our information? We are happy to accommodate requests. Common requests often include: use for blogs and/or websites, media use, as well as school and non-profit use. Secondary…

Book Giveaway!

At this time the contest is over and the winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who participated! Hello, everyone! To start the new year off on a positive note we have decided to do a book giveaway. One person will win a brand new copy of the book, This Way Madness Lies by author…

CSH: John Perkins Gallery

On July 22, 1997, Kentucky photographer John Perkins took several photographs during a walk through of Central States remaining buildings. Included in these are rare interior images of the Administration building prior to full demolition. Note: All photographs on this pages are used with explicit permission from, and are courtesy of, John Perkins.  

Cemetery Indexes Now Live for All State Hospitals

We have added cemetery indexes for patients buried at Central State Hospital (Louisville/Lakeland), Eastern State Hospital (Lexington), Frankfort State Hospital and School (Frankfort), Kentucky State Hospital (Danville) and Western State Hospital (Hopkinsville). Remember that we are actively updating these indexes so this is a work in progress. We also encourage you to check back frequently for…

Have a Story or Memory You’d Like to Share?

We are currently seeking former employees (or patients) who are willing to assist us by sharing stories, photos and memories of Kentucky’s state hospitals and institutions. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please consider contacting us! Our goal is to develop comprehensive histories of these hospitals and institutions in order to preserve for future generations. Remember that…

Madam Mollie Neif

From the late 1800s up to the early 1900s, if you were looking for the “nightlife” in Paducah, Kentucky, you would have been steered in the direction of Court Street. More specifically, probably the 900 block because that’s where a cluster of women resided in “questionable resorts.” One house on the block was owned and…