The Harrodsburg Historical Society

We are dedicated to researching, preserving and sharing local history... and to serving you!


Mailing Address:

PO Box 316
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Office Address:

Morgan Row House
220 South Chiles Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Inquiries Email:


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday-Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday (1st & 3rd) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closed 2nd & 4th Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays


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Our Mission

Our object is to "collect and perpetuate facts of historic interest relative to Mercer County; to awaken an interest in the study of the history of this County and of the entire state; to collect and preserve relics and documents of interest." Our Research Library holds a wealth of local history publications, files, newspapers, government documents, and other information to assist you in your search for historical, genealogical, or geographical information. A large collection of artifacts provide insight into the material culture of the past.

Our History

Founded in 1910, HHS has been documenting area history for well over a century. We are one of the oldest historical societies in Kentucky. We host fun and informative meetings and events at Morgan Row - once Morgan's Tavern - the historic row house that has sheltered local gatherings for over 200 years. Community members of all ages comes together to enjoy interesting speakers and presentations about our local history.

Harrodsburg Historical Society Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Four officers and six directors are elected for staggered three-year terms. (We have been thrown off a little by the Covid pandemic, and officers elected this year will serve three-year terms.) In addition to our officers and directors, we have a larger group of committee chairs and committee members that are essential to keeping the Harrodsburg Historical Society running smoothly.




Board Members



HHS Officers


Nancy Hill

A retired academic librarian and unretired history buff, Nancy moved to Harrodsburg in 2018 and is enjoying learning about local history. She serves as the cataloging librarian in the Research Library.

Vice President
James Botts

A history teacher at the Jessamine County High School, James is bringing new ideas and connections to the HHS and encouraging our use of the latest technology. He joined the Board in 2020/21 and is now our Vice President.

David Kirkpatrick

Bio Forthcoming

Ann Howells

Ann brings long career experience to the position of Treasurer, as she's an accountant. She's also from a long line of prominent Harrodsburg citizens who've been leaders of the Harrodsburg Historical Society.

HHS Board of Directors



HHS Committees


We operate with an amazing all-volunteer team of individuals who share a passion for history. These include volunteers who serve on the board, those who conduct research and maintenance in the library, and serve on committees to assist with events, maintain the grounds, budget and finance, maintain our buildings, manage food & drink and much more.

We are grateful and give our heart-felt appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who throughout our 110 year history, without whom we would not be here today. If you would like to join us and volunteer in any capacity, please contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!

Committee Service: Use Your Skills & Interests

1Buildings and Grounds
Attends to indoor and outdoor maintenance of our historic buildings: Morgan Row and Old Mud Meeting House.
Appointed by the Treasurer, this committee manages income, expenditures, bank accounts and investments, and assists in grant seeking.
Plants and maintains flowers, trees, and shrubs on our property at Morgan Row and Old Mud Meeting House.
4Programs and Hospitality
Arranges programs for the second Tuesday of each month, and recruits volunteers to help with refreshments following each program.
5Library and Genealogy
Receives, catalogs, and maintains materials for our Library and Archives collections; helps researchers use the materials.
Receives and processes membership applications, communicates with existing and potential members, and maintains the member database.
Maintains an accurate inventory of objects owned, receives and catalogs donated artifacts, and creates relevant, focused exhibits using owned or borrowed objects.
8Old Mud Meeting House
Monitors the building, arranges for renovations or repairs as needed, promotes visits, and provides programs and information for visitors.
Addresses long term plans for financial, property, organizational, and functional issues.
10Public Relations, Communications, and Publications
Creates and distributes print or electronic information to promote the Society and its activities; assists in management of social media and website; assists in operation of online meeting rooms; may produce a regular newsletter in print or electronic format.