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.
Nancy Hill is a retired academic librarian and unretired history buff. She's fairly new to Harrodsburg and is enjoying learning about local history. She serves as the cataloging librarian in the Research Library. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Bauer served as President of the HHS for five years and in other offices for many years before that. He retired from the Administration of Centre College in Danville, KY. The Past President remains on the Board for one year, so Dick will be retiring from the Board this year with our deepest gratitude for his years of service.
James Botts teaches History at the Jessamine County High School. He's 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 our candidate for the VP position for 2021/22.
Jan Rafert moved to the Mercer County area after a career in zoos, including some years as curator of primates and small mammals at the Milwaukee County Zoo. He has served for three years as Secretary of the HHS, and will be renewing his term.
Colleen Moore's career in the hospitality industry gives her special skills in bookkeeping and public relations, which she puts to good use as treasurer and webmaster.
Larrie Curry brings her training in museums and archives management to this position, including several years working at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. A long-time resident of Mercer County, Larrie's knowledge of local history, places, and people enable her to help researchers very efficiently. Larrie will be rotating off the Board, but she will still chair the Library Committee (Thank goodness!)
NEW CANDIDATE: Landon Dean Rogers.
My name is Landon Dean Rogers. My family and I have lived in Harrodsburg since before the Civil War. Harrodsburg is very important to me, and I want to help preserve its history. I teach U.S. history at Mercer County Senior High School, and I believe that preserving local history begins in the schools. I think that this is a necessary step for the Historical Society, and I would love to serve and help preserve local history.
Bonnie Moore has held several offices in the HHS and is currently a volunteer in the Research Library. She has been involved in reenactments and has portrayed several local characters. Her local knowledge is invaluable to researchers.
Harriet Ruby, a native of Harrodsburg, is a treasure-trove of local history who continues to research local topics.
Randy Rumble, a retired attorney, has served the Society as an advisor and helped with events and activities. He will be rotating off the Board for 2021/22 with our thanks for all his contributions.
NEW CANDIDATE: David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick is the Assistant Director at the Mercer County Public Library where he has worked since 2018. Prior to working at MCPL, he worked at the State Archives for ten years. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Louisville and his M.A. in history from Western Kentucky University. He is the author of the War of 1812 in the West (Westholme Publishing, 2019).
Pat Duffy Rockas -- born Trisha Shewmaker in Mercer County (7th generation). I graduated from Harrodsburg High School, attended Centre College and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taught two years in Charlotte, NC and then spent three months traveling in England, France and Spain - went to Washington, DC (living in my oldest brother's (John) basement for a while) where I worked for two different lobbyist groups living in Bethesda, MD and Arlington, VA. Married an Air Force intelligence officer and spent time at Richards-Gebaur AFB - Grandview, MO.; Ramstein AFB - Spesbach, Germany; Langley AFT - Poquoson, VA; Shaw AFB - Sumter, SC; Glendale, AZ. I returned to Harrodsburg in 1987 and got a job teaching history at Mercer County High School and have retired. In 2002 I married Mike Rockas and have one son, Jed Duffy, and four wonderful grandchildren. I hope I can share my love of community and history to assist the historical society in whatever ways you may need me.
I have been active in the museum field for 10 years, having worked at museums and historic sites in Indiana, Illinois, Florida, and Ontario, Canada. I am currently the Education and Engagement Manager at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the best part about what I do is that I am able to make history accessible to the general public on a daily basis. I would love to be more involved with the Harrodsburg Historical Society to continue the important work of sharing the rich history of Harrodsburg in fun and engaging ways.
This important committee is currently without a chair or members. It should attend to maintenance of Morgan Row and the grounds of both Morgan Row and Old Mud Meeting House.
The Treasurer appoints members of the Finance Committee to manage income, expenditures, our bank account and investments, and assist in seeking grants. Colleen Moore is the Treasurer for 2021/22.
This committee is currently without a chair or members. It should be responsible for flowers, trees, and shrubs on the Morgan Row property.
This committee arranges for refreshments and recruits volunteers to help with refreshments and serving after each HHS program. During the Covid pandemic, we have not had in-person meetings or refreshments, but we hope this committee will be needed again soon!
This committee manages our excellent Research Library and Archives. We are fortunate to have Larrie Curry as Chair, and Betsy Sale, Myrgle Huffman, Bonnie Moore, Nancy Hill, and several faithful volunteers who keep the Library up and running. We can always use more volunteers!
Jim Miller chaired this committee for years, and we miss his faithful work. This committee maintains an up to date list of members and their contact information, as well as tracking payment of dues.
This very important committee is without a chair. It should maintain and accurate inventory of objects held in the museum and create relevant, focused exhibits using the objects owned.
Amalie Preston has been instrumental in managing and updating the historic Old Mud Meeting House. This committee monitors the building, arranges for renovations and repairs as needed, promotes visits, and provides programs or information for visitors.
This committee is currently not functioning. Planning is generally done by the Board as a whole.
This important committee arranges for lectures or other programs on the second Tuesday of every month for the general membership meeting. Betsy Sale and James Botts have done a great job in 2020/21, and we hope will continue in 2021/22.
This committee is charged with handling publicity for the Society. Since our founding in 1908, this has developed to include social media, our website, and Zoom meetings as well as newspaper advertising and printed flyers. Jessica Haralu will be heading this committee in 2021/22.
The Society has published a newsletter, The Olde Towne Ledger, since 1990, although publication has been suspended in 2021. We expect to resume publication, perhaps in electronic format, in 2021/22. The Publications committee is also responsible for creating flyers or other printed materials for events and programs.