The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) recently recognized the Jackson Purchase Historical Society (JPHS) as its Volunteer Organization of the Year award.

According to KHS, this award is presented to a group which is managed exclusively by volunteers and has made a substantial contribution to their local history, and one that has been an effective service provider in their community.

KHS selected JPHS for the award because of the wide range of programs offered and their award-winning annual journal.

"The Jackson Purchase Historical Society has done exemplary work this year," said KHS Executive Director Scott Alvey. "From their programs to their outstanding journal, they have done a great job highlighting the history of the region."

Topics have included African American folk songs of the Ohio River Valley, family migration patterns in the region, the Civil War and the history of Reelfoot Lake.

The JPHS serves eight counties in western Kentucky and four western Tennessee counties along the Volunteer State border. Their meetings are held at different locations in that region.

The awards will be presented at the Kentucky Historical Society's Annual Meeting and History Awards celebration at the Kentucky Old State Capitol in Frankfort on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Amanda Higgins at Amanda.Higgins@ky.gov.

For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and the KHS History Awards, see www.history.ky.gov.