There are 116 tax-supported public library systems in Kentucky. Each year the libraries circulate an average of 5.7 books for every resident. The largest public library is the Louisville Free Public Library, which is noted for its extensive computer resources and other service programs. The Lexington Public Library, which was founded in 1795, houses an outstanding collection of early Kentucky newspapers. Notable college libraries include those of the University of Kentucky, Berea College, the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, and Western Kentucky University. Transylvania University has a noted collection of books on medicine and natural history.
Among the special libraries in Kentucky are those of the Filson Club Historical Society in Louisville and of the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, both of which include fine collections of Kentuckiana. The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near New Haven, houses a noted collection of Roman Catholic literature, available to scholars by appointment.
The Speed Art Museum, in Louisville, is noted for exhibits of European art, Native American artifacts, and Kentucky art. Other noted art museums include the University of Kentucky Art Museum and the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. Bardstown is the site of the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia is in Elizabethtown, and the National Corvette Museum is in Bowling Green.
In Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Museum. There is also the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington. The United States Army maintains Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor at Fort Knox.
There were 21 daily newspapers published in Kentucky in 2002. The state’s first newspaper was the Kentucky Gazette, founded in Lexington in 1787. The Louisville Courier-Journal was formed in 1868 by the merger of the Journal, the Courier, and the Democrat. Under the editorship of Henry Watterson it became one of the leading Southern newspapers. It now has a larger circulation than any other daily newspaper in the state. Among other major Kentucky dailies are the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Covington Kentucky Post, the Frankfort State Journal, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, and the Paducah Sun.
The first commercial radio station in Kentucky, WHAS, began broadcasting in Louisville in 1922. WAVE-TV, the first television station in the state, commenced operations in the same city in 1948. In 2002 there were 96 AM and 120 FM radio stations and 31 television stations serving Kentucky. "Kentucky" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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