Kentucky Historical Society
KHS names new Register editor

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 09, 2014  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2014) — The Kentucky Historical Society has named David Turpie editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). He replaces Nelson L. Dawson, who retired after 10 years of service to KHS.


Prior to joining KHS, Turpie was co-editor of the journal Maine History at the Maine Historical Society, taught at the University of Maine and Husson University and was published in the Journal of Sport History.


A native of South Carolina, Turpie received his doctorate in modern U.S. history in 2010 from the University of Maine. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Memphis.


KHS has published the Register continuously since 1903, placing it among the oldest historical journals in the United States. The Register publishes the work of leading scholars on all aspects of the commonwealth’s past and is widely accessible to general readers interested in Kentucky history. To subscribe to the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, go to



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. 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 the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit