F. Kevin Simon History Symposium


In the fall of 2002, the Sayre School Board of Trustees unanimously approved endowing and renaming the nationally recognized program known as the David A. Sayre History Symposium to honor its founder and director from 1985 - 2002, F. Kevin Simon.


David A. Sayre History Symposium Program, 1985-2002

F. Kevin Simon History Symposium Program, 2003-2017



Kevin’s vision for the History Symposium was to enhance teacher awareness of American history and to foster a heightened atmosphere of collegiality among history teachers.  Teachers have a unique opportunity to personally meet noted historians whose scholarly expertise is matched by their commitment to the teaching of history
at the secondary level.

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February 2018

Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago Law School
Jane Dailey, University of Chicago Department of History and Law School
Ann Cooper, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

History Symposium


L-R:  Geoffrey Stone, Head of School Stephen Manella, Jane Dailey, Ann Cooper, History Department Chair Bettina Morrish and symposium committe member Kathryn Culligan Simon.

In 2002 the symposium was named in memory and honor of its founder and director, F. Kevin Simon. According to Head of School Stephen Manella, "Imagine a professional development experience that intertwines scholarly expertise, colleagiality, and intellectual stimulation all at no cost to the participants. That is Sayre's F. Kevin Simon Symposium and for nearly three decades secondary level history teachers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana have benefited from this unique program."







 F. Kevin Simon History Symposium
Sayre School
194 North Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Fax: (859) 231-0508
Phone: (859) 254-1361

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