River Discovery Center recieves 2015 Kentucky History Award

E.J. Abell
(270) 575-9958

River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented the River Discovery Center in Paducah with a 2015 History Award in the education category Nov. 6 at its annual meeting and history awards presentation in Frankfort.

The center received the award for the Mound Builders Program, an all-day field trip that provides an immersive experience in which students take part in hands-on activities that introduce them to daily life of  indigenous Native Americans. Students also participate in an archaeological dig using scientific methods to learn skills archaeologists use to study this important early culture.

It is exciting to receive this honor from the KY Historical Society for presenting a program that elicits such interest and participation from our area teachers and students. Our students love learning about these indigenous peoples who lived  along our rivers and it is not uncommon for them to leave saying, “I am going to be an archaeologist when I grow up!” In presenting the award, KHS noted that the Mound Builders Program “provides an excellent example of how Kentucky’s history organizations teach school children about their regions’ past.”

KHS education awards go to programs that have shown historical value, benefitted an organization’s community and shown viable community support through public participation.


For more information about the Mound Builders Program, call E.J. Abell, River Discovery Center director of education, at 270-575-9958. For more information about the KHS History Awards program, call Becky Riddle at 502-564-1792.



The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.