Regardless of whether you are a genealogy buff, a fan of historic photos, or just want to research the history of Barbourville and Knox County, you now have a new resource at your fingertips.
Just this week, the Knox County Historical Museum launched its new website – a website that contains a wealth of information about Knox County’s rich history. It is the first time the museum has a website of its own.
“We just launched last night Wednesday, April 9,” said museum volunteer David Cole, who has worked to help get the new website started.
“We have to register with the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. It takes a while to get in that search engine database,” Cole said, adding that, for now, prospective site visitors must enter the website’s address, which is www.knoxhistoricalmuseum.org.
Cole said work on the website started about a year ago. “We went through several different providers but it never seemed to get off the ground,” he said, adding that the project got a boost thanks to the generosity of Knox County native Helen Mills.
“She is a lifetime member of the museum. She told us we really needed this to get the word out. She helped to support that financially, and that was a big incentive to us,” Cole said, adding that the site was developed by a well-known web designer in New Hampshire.
Visitors to the site will see several page links at the top of the home page, that also contains news and stories, and a photo slideshow tour of the museum’s different rooms.
There also is a link to join the museum if you want to become a member.
Visitors also may visit a page where various books are available for purchase through PayPal.
“Our eventual aim is to put a virtual tour on here,” Cole said.
Cole said their goal is to continually grow the museum’s website to include all of the resources.
The museum in staffed entirely by volunteers and headed up by officers, including president Michael C. Mills, first vice-president Charles Reed Mitchell, second vice-president Steve Valentine, treasurer David Cole, and secretary Connie Danner.
The museum’s board of directors include Alvin Jordan, David Mills, Diana Mills, and Jane Skidmore.
Other active staff members include Wayne Adams, Doug Bargo, Nancy Hampton, Jakalyn Jackson, Carla Lawson, Dora Oxendine and Joyce Parker.
The museum hours vary based on the season. Here is the current schedule:
January through May – Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June through August – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September through December – Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special tours are available for groups.