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Covington Historian, Museum Honored by State Historical Society

A local historian and museum were honored at the 2018 Kentucky History Awards presentation on Nov. 9 in Frankfort.

The Kentucky Historical Society presented Karl Lietzenmayer, of Covington, with its Lifetime Dedication to Kentucky History Award, and the Behringer-Crawford Museum with an award for educational programming.

Lietzenmayer has edited and produced the bi-annual Northern Kentucky Heritage magazine for 25 years, and has promoted and documented Northern Kentucky history in many other ways—as researcher, adviser, tour guide and writer. He also has encouraged preservation of original documents and photographs, and helped start an intern program for budding historians.

KHS recognized the Behringer-Crawford Museum exhibit, “Korea: The Forgotten War,” for drawing attention to and preserving the stories of Northern Kentuckians who served in the conflict overseas and at home. To develop the exhibit, Behringer-Crawford used recorded oral histories, diaries, letters, photographs and artifacts. More than 6,000 people saw the exhibit between Aug. 5 and Oct. 1, 2017. Some shared stories of their own involvement in the war with the museum.

These two awards were among 12 KHS presented at its annual membership meeting and History Awards presentation. The Kentucky History Awards honor individuals, organizations and communities for their efforts to promote and preserve state and local history.

-Staff report