Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Historical Society elects new leadership
Historical Society (KHS) has announced results of the election for new officers
and members of its Executive Committee. The committee is the policy-setting
body for the KHS, a state agency that engages
people in the exploration of Kentucky’s diverse heritage through comprehensive
and innovative services, interpretive programs and stewardship.
Elected by the
society’s membership, the new officers and committee members were sworn in by
Hon. Phillip Shepherd, chief circuit judge of the 48th District,
during the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 8 held at the Old State Capitol
in downtown Frankfort.
The officers’ terms will run throughout 2014. They
Brian Mefford, who will serve as president. A
resident of Bowling Green, he is the chairman and CEO of Connected Nation Inc.
and founder of The Coronado Group (Phoenix) and the Pareto Institute
(Washington, DC). Mefford’s interest in history extends back to his days as a
student of Dr. Thomas D. Clark and other passionate Kentucky history teachers,
he says. His work today in the technology arena “makes it more clear now than
ever that it is important to encourage and nurture a sense of place across all
ages, especially with children,” he adds.
Renee Shaw, who will serve as first vice president.
A resident of Lexington, she is producer/managing editor of KET’s public
affairs programming and host of its legislative coverage. Shaw travels the
state moderating public issues forums and speaking about diversity, media,
public policy and state legislative matters.
J. McCauley Brown, who is the new second vice
president. Brown, a resident of Harrods Creek, is a vice president at
Brown-Forman Corp where he focuses on strategic pricing, family relations and
business planning.A history enthusiast with strong roots in Kentucky, Brown is
the current president of the Filson Historical Society’s board of directors.
Michael J. Hammons, third vice president. A
resident of Park Hills, he is the executive director of the Kentucky
Philanthropy Initiative. Hammons’ lifelong interest in local, state and
national history has inspired him to help found the Kenton County Historical
Society and the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation, author several historical works
and publish many others, as well as help preserve the home of renowned artist
Newly elected committee members include:
Chris Black, a resident of Paducah and president of
Ray Black & Son Inc. construction company, which is engaged in preservation
and historic restoration. He currently serves on the Kentucky Heritage Council
and is a member of the International Preservation Trades Network.
Jennifer P. Brown, a resident of Hopkinsville and
opinion editor with the Kentucky New Era. A journalist with more than 25
years of experience covering public affairs in Christian and surrounding
counties, she has written extensively about local history.
Dr. Betty Sue Griffin, a resident of Frankfort and
CEO of The Griffin Group, a professional education and corporate coaching
agency. A long-time educator at both the K-12 and university levels, she
recognizes the value of history in helping students advance critical thinking
Laureen Laumeyer, a resident of Elizabethtown and a
social studies teacher in the Hardin County Schools system. Laumeyer actively
promotes how history impacts today’s world through her board memberships with
the Frazier History Museum, KET, Kentucky Council for Social Studies and more.
Jim Wallace, a resident of Golden Pond and retired superintendent
of the Trigg County Schools. This sixth-generation Trigg Countian is an active
member of his local historical society and helped publish a pictorial history
of the Trigg County area taken during the development of the Land Between the
In addition to these officers and newly elected
members, the KHS Executive Committee 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 downtown Frankfort.
Outgoing president Sheila Mason Burton also was honored during the
membership meeting. Burton, who is with the Legislative Research Commission,
was presented a Distinguished Service Award for her years of effective
leadership and dedication to the KHS.
For more information, contact Laurel Harper, KHS director of
marketing communications, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4489, or email@example.com.
agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the
Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping
people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the
present and inspiration for 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 the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.