University Press of Kentucky author James C. Nicholson has been named as the recipient of a 2012 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society for his book The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event. The KHS recognizes publications in five categories each year, categorizing them by budget size. Ellis received his award in category E (for projects with the largest budget) in recognition of his exemplary historical publication. The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities, and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The KHS encourages organizations, individuals and communities across the state to nominate deserving projects and individuals for their efforts to promote the preservation, awareness, and appreciation of state and local history.
The awards ceremony will immediately follow the KHS Annual Meeting at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort on Friday, November 8 at 5:30 pm. The Kentucky History Awards ceremony is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 1. Contact Julia Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-1792, ext. 4414, or visit www.history.ky.gov/historyawards for more information.
In The Kentucky Derby, Nicholson offers a look at the evolution of the Derby as well as its international, national, and regional importance. He details the Derby’s existence as an intersection of past traditions and contemporary culture, for both Kentuckians and Americans, and examines the historical, political, and cultural significance of horse racing’s most famous event. Few festivals and gatherings have maintained such a delicate balance between exuberant glamor and local approachability as the Kentucky Derby—the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown.