President’s Message. . . . . .January, 2018

Greetings and Happy New Year fellow historians.  As we turn the page and begin planning for this year’s programs, I want to take a moment and give you a short recap of what we accomplished in 2017.  We are a small group but we made some significant contributions to the community last year. . .

     A)  Reprinted McClure’s “Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and 

           Hardin County”

     B)   Reprinted McMurtry’s“Kentucky Lincolns on Mill Creek”

     C)   Installed two new interpretative markers and restored two existing


     D)   Compiled narrative and designed signage for the Walker Memorial

            Park.  Kenny Tabb represented the Society at the dedication.

     E)   Reinstated  our tax and 501©3 status with KY and IRS

     F)   Completed independent audit on financial records  (and I am

           pleased to report that all is in order)

Although we were not able to establish a historical program at the Lincoln Heritage House this year, we will continue to work with the City to make that a reality in 2018, as restoration on the cabin is nearing completion.

We added several new members and we’re working on updating the membership/mailing list so everyone receives the Bits & Pieces.  If you’re not getting it, check with Jon Anderson to see if your dues are paid up. You can call him at 270-723-4548.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the outgoing officers, Anita Goodin, Susan McCrobie,  Charlie Lanz and our secretary of  25+ years, Charlie Skees. I cannot thank you enough for your many contributions to the society.  I hope you will continue to support the group through your membership and regular attendance at the meetings.  All of us are grateful for your service.

Now I want to welcome our new officers, First Vice, Josh Cooper, Secretary, Judge Kelly Easton, Treasurer, Jon Anderson, and Bits & Pieces editor,  Bro. Mike Bell.  I am honored to serve as your president for another term and we will work hard to deserve the confidence you have placed in us. We’ve already been talking and I can tell you to expect  new and exciting speakers in the year ahead.   I am excited about the opportunities to work with all of you and look forward to your support as we increase the value of the Historical Society to our community.

                                                                        Twylane Van Lahr