LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2007) − University Press of Kentucky (UPK) authors James C. and Freda C. Klotter have received the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit for their textbook "Faces of Kentucky" and the accompanying "Faces of Kentucky Teachers Guide."
The Klotters will be honored at a special banquet during the 2007 AASLH Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 8, in Atlanta, Ga.
"Faces of Kentucky" and the teachers guide, which received the Award of Merit for excellence in the field of state and local history, targets elementary school children in Kentucky history courses. The text for the publications emphasizes the roles of diverse people in shaping the Commonwealth. The textbook/teachers guide approaches learning as a voyage of discovery and investigation, using documents from different time periods, thought-provoking questions and historical mysteries to encourage a deeper understanding of Kentucky's history.
"Faces of Kentucky" promotes understanding of the relationship between people and their environment, the purposes of government, the influence of physical geography, similarities and differences within a culture, and the role of social institutions.
The AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history through leadership, service and support for its membership.
The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States.James C. Klotter, the state historian of Kentucky and professor of history at Georgetown College, is the author, coauthor or editor of many books, including "The Breckinridges of Kentucky," "Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900-1950" and "A New History of Kentucky."
Freda C. Klotter, an educational programs consultant for the Kentucky Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, taught in elementary school classrooms for more than 23 years.Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of UPK are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.