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
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 now our Vice President.
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 is serving his second three year term as Secretary of the HHS.
Ann Howells 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.
Landon 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.
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 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.
Maggie McAdams. 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. Ann Howells is the Treasurer; James Botts and Jon Canine are on the committee 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 programs for the second Tuesday of each month, and recruits volunteers to help with refreshments and serving after each HHS program. Betsy Sale and James Botts are heading this up, with Maggie McAdams and Jessica Haralu as committee members.
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!
There is currently no chair for this committee. Nancy Hill is keeping the data up to date in Excel. Nancy and Ann Howells are looking into using the membership package on PastPerfect to manage membership functions. We could use help with this.
This very important committee is now chaired by Maggie McAdams. It should maintain and accurate inventory of objects held in the museum and create relevant, focused exhibits using the objects owned.
Colleen and Albert Moore are now managing 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 committee is being re-invented for the 21st century. 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 committee is also responsible for creating flyers or other printed materials for events and programs and 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 and Pat Rockas are leading this committee in 2021/22.