Ashlee Chilton is the Education Coordinator at the International Museum of the Horse. She creates and implements all the tours and programs in the museum and some around the park for both students and adults. Ashlee shares how the Chronicle is a natural extension of the museum’s educational goals.
The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, as well as the exhibit Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf, fits not only within the larger context of the mission of the International Museum of the Horse but also within our plans to move the museum forward into the 21st century. We have made it our goal to incorporate and highlight more diverse stories and histories throughout our overall narrative of the horse; to include multiple viewpoints and to show that every person and point of view belongs at this table in history and the current national discourse.
Fourth-graders from Tollesboro Elementary study trading cards and comments posted at the Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf exhibit. Photo by Kerry Howe/KHP.
The Chronicle is a great way to incorporate diverse focal points into upcoming educational programs. With Kentucky’s new social studies standards having started this fall, in conjunction with the exhibit and Chronicle, it marks a new and fresh beginning to the programs we wish to include over the next year; educational packets and packages we hope teachers can include in class to supplement their lesson plans.
We are reaching out to teachers to assist in creating lesson plans and learning experiences based on the content on the website. Our intentions are to provide teachers with an alternate way to talk about diversity and inclusion in history using the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry in order to provide a more relatable experience for students in the classroom.
Zaylon, a kindergarten student from Scott County Schools, won’t soon forget meeting Sugar Cookie at the horse park. The Chronicle website will help Zaylon’s teachers continue his learning journey. Photo by Kerry Howe/KHP.
Are you a teacher in a Kentucky public, private or home school? Would you like to make the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry an excellent teaching platform? Would you like to collaborate with other passionate teachers and get paid for it? If so, please apply for this opportunity.
Applications are due by December 15 to work with us during the Spring 2020 semester. Click the link below for more information and to complete the application.