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Cemetery Laws and Preservation Presentation
Ann Johnson, former Kentucky Historical Society administrative assistant, worked in cemetery preservation and implemented two programs: the Kentucky Pioneer Cemetery Program and the Adopt a Cemetery Program.  She shared with us laws and attorney general's opinions pertaining to family cemeteries and abandoned cemeteries as well as stories of her efforts to protect cemeteries state wide.  
NEW BOARD MEMBER
We welcome Mr. Bill Williams to our Board of Directors.  Bill moved back home to Madison County three years ago after retiring from UPS in Florida.  He is also a very active member of the Battle of Richmond Association and enjoys doing research.
KENTUCKY IRON FURNACES PRESENTATION
On April 19, 2019, our presenter was Dr. Matthew Davidson on the topic of Iron Furnaces of Kentucky. Dr. Davidson is a district archaeologist with the Daniel Boone National Forest and a temporary visiting scholar with the University of Kentucky. In his position with the national forest he studies and documents Native American rock shelters and petroglyph sites.  He is currently working on developing an atlas of 17th and 18th century Native American settlements of Kentucky.
REX MANN PRESENTATION ON THE CHESTNUT TREE
Mr. Rex Mann, a retired USDA Forest Service official, gave a presentation on his passion - restoration of the American Chestnut Tree.  This species of tree once spanned the east coast of the United States until a blight wiped it out.  Mr. Mann is now a private forestry consultant and is leading the charge to restore the tree.
NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS OF MADISON COUNTY
Reinette Jones, Special Collections Librarian and African American Studies Academic Liasion at the University of Kentucky, has spent untold hours in her research on Kentucky African Americans.  Her presentation on notable Madison County African Americans was extremely informative and entertaining.
NEW BOARD MEMBER
February 11, 2019:  Glyn Green was asked to serve as a board member for the society.  Glyn is a retired teacher and football coach from Madison Central and Madison Southern High Schools. He is currently a real estate appraiser and has a love of history and Madison County.
BOGIE FAMILY DONATES ARTIFACTS

January 21, 2019:  The Bogie Family - Jesse, June Ed, Billy June and Billy Reed Bogie donated the date stone from the James Bogie house dated October 11, 1811.  The initials JB are written above the date.  The stone is currently at the Richmond Tourism house awaiting display there.

The family also donated photographs of the College Hill Baseball Field and a baseball scorebook from the 1930's with several names of young men from the College Hill area.  A story will be published in Heritage Highlights at a later date with more information.

New Website
Welcome to our new website.  We are excited to launch a new design and new features.
KENTUCKY BOURBON PRESENTATION
October 18, 2018;  Chester Zoeller, author and Bourbon distiller, made a presentation to the society on the topic of Bourbon in Kentucky.  Mr, Zoeller has written a couple of books on the topic:  Bourbon in Kentucky:  A History of  Distilleries in Kentucky and Kentucky Bourbon Barons:  Legendary Distillers From the Golden Age of Whiskey Making as well as producing a poster "Spiritus Frumenti" of Kentucky Bourbon bottles.  Mr, Zoeller brought three bottles of his Jefferson Reserve for tasting.
MCHS DONATES MONEY TO WACO JUNIOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

On October 15, 2018, the society donated $250.00 to the Waco Elementary School Junior Historical Society for the purpose of defraying costs to attend the Kentucky Junior Historical Society's fall conference in Frankfort.  The Waco students captured 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in every catagory in which they competed.  The group won the 2018-2019 KJHS History Bowl.  They also received the  Rookie Club of the Year Award.  Foster Banks was recognized as being the  Kentucky Junior Historical Society Outstanding Member of the Year.  Chris Workman was recognized as being the KJHS Outstanding Sponsor of the Year.

MCHS is very proud of the accomplishments of this group.

Pictured are:  Foster Banks, Chris Workman (sponsor and 5th grade Social Studies teacher), Caden Coleman, Sharon Graves and Brylee Barrett.