Kentucky Historical Society
Former Gov. Collins to Speak at Clark Medallion Presentation

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 18, 2014  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) Former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins will be the featured speaker at the presentation ceremony for this year’s winner of the Thomas D. Clark Medallion award. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Brown-Forman room at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

James C. Clinger and Michael W. Hail will receive the medallion for editing “Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy.” Gov. Collins will speak on her experiences in state government and Jack Brammer, Frankfort reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, will moderate the event.

“Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy” is a comprehensive volume on Kentucky government and politics featuring contributions from well-known political scientists. It covers state and local institutions, policy issues facing the state, future political developments in the state and supplemental documents of interest.

The Thomas D. Clark Foundation was established in 1994 in honor of the late Thomas Clark, who was Kentucky’s historian laureate and founder of the University Press of Kentucky. Since 2012, the foundation has chosen one book that highlights Kentucky history and culture to be honored with a Thomas D. Clark Medallion. “Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy” is the second book to be honored with the award.

For more information, contact Laurel Harper, KHS director of marketing communications, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4489 or


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