Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society Elects New Board Leadership
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) recently installed
new officers and members of its Governing Board. The board is the
policy-setting body for KHS, a state agency that educates and engages the public
through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge
Phillip Shepherd swore in the KHS member-elected officers and board members
Nov. 6 during the society’s annual meeting at the Old State Capitol in
Michael J. Hammons,
president, of Park Hills. Hammons is the director of advocacy at Children
Inc., and serves as director of Kentucky's Voice for Early Children, which is
Children Inc.'s online advocacy network.
Hammons helped found the Kenton County Historical Society and the Dinsmore
Homestead Foundation, has written several historical works and published
others, and helped preserve the home of renowned artist Frank Duveneck.
J. McCauley Brown,
first vice president, of Harrods Creek. Brown is a vice
president at Brown-Forman Corp., where he focuses on strategic pricing, family
relations and business planning. A history enthusiast, he most recently was KHS
second vice president and is on the boards of the Filson Historical Society and
the Frazier History Museum.
Constance Alexander, second vice president, of Murray. Alexander,
a former AT&T executive in sales, marketing and strategic planning, began
her own consulting practice in 1984, specializing in organizational change. She
also is a poet, playwright, author, book editor and newspaper columnist. Most
recently Alexander was third vice president on the KHS board and also has
served on the Kentucky Oral History Commission board.
Turner, third vice president, of Magnolia. Turner has served as LaRue County’s
judge executive since 1986. His history interests have included service as co-chair of the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission; commissioner of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission;
founding member of Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage; and a director
of the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville.
elected committee members are:
Adams, of Mayking. Adams is a high school history teacher in
the Letcher County Schools system. He has taught at both Whitesburg High School
and Letcher Central High School.
John A. Hardin, of Bowling Green. Hardin is a history professor at
Western Kentucky University. He has been a member of the Kentucky Oral History
Commission since July 1995 and served as its chair from 2006 to 2009. Among his
other activities, he also was appointed to the Kentucky African American
Heritage Commission and serves as its vice chair.
W. McCool, of Van Lear. McCool is chief institutional officer at Big Sandy
Community and Technical College. He serves as the college’s contact with
partnerships in Pike County, and has helped preserve the area’s history with
the rebuilding of the McCoy House and restoration of the York House in downtown
Wayne Onkst, of Erlanger. Onkst
was appointed Kentucky’s State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries
and Archives Commissioner in 2006 and will retire from that post this month. Before
that he served as director of the Kenton County Public Library. He is a member
of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and other organizations.
Torp, of Corydon, Indiana. Torp is president and owner of Solid Light
Inc., in Louisville, a design company that produces visitor experiences for
museums, corporations, nonprofit organizations, universities and visitor
centers across the country. Her work includes the Toyota Hall of Governors
exhibit for the Kentucky Historical Society, and she serves as the Southeastern
representative of the National Association for Museum Exhibition.
In addition to these
officers and newly elected members, the KHS Governing Board includes the
governor of Kentucky (who serves as chancellor), 11 other elected members and
one person designated by the State Archives and Records Commission. The
committee meets quarterly at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in
For more information,
contact Laurel Harper, KHS director of marketing communications, at
502-564-1792, ext. 4489, or email@example.com.
Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage
Cabinet, was established in 1836 and educates and engages the
public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the
future. The KHS
history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the
Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State
Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.