FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Historical Society is forming a new relationship with the Smithsonian Institution.
Historical Society officials say the affiliation will provide opportunities for innovative collaborations and will help secure the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions. The affiliation is to be announced on Saturday evening by Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations.
That announcement will be part of the Historical Society's annual Boone Day celebration.
There are currently 177 Smithsonian affiliates in 42 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. Affiliation provides enhanced access to the more than 136 million objects in the Smithsonian collections, as well as the knowledge and experience of the scholars and experts at the Smithsonian.
Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops partnerships with museums and educational and cultural organizations.
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