The Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance (KMHA)
serves the cultural, artistic, historical, and museum communities of Kentucky through support of collaboration, communication, networking, professional development, and advocacy.
The 2013 KMHA Annual Meeting was a smashing success. Where else could you tour a shrine to men’s basketball, visit a world class equine hospital, explore your inner child, be transported back to the mid-nineteenth century courtesy of a schottische, and/or fantasize that you are a fighter pilot? Did I forget to mention that this year’s meeting offered fourteen sessions that varied in topic and format? It had something for everyone.
One hundred individuals registered for the 2013 annual meeting, making it the largest conference in recent memory and perhaps the best attended KMHA meeting ever. A big shout-out goes to Vice President Chris Miller and the stellar local arrangements committee consisting of Gwen Thompson and Vicky Middleswarth, Mary Todd Lincoln House, Nancy Smith, Hopewell Museum, Eric Brooks, Ashland - the Henry Clay Estate, Peggy McAllister, Lexington Public Library, and Mike Hudson, American Printing House for the Blind.
The support of our sponsors keeps our registration costs low. This year’s lineup included Lead Conference Sponsor Solid Light; Alliance Level Sponsor Twila Mynhier Brooks Law Offices; and Heritage Level Sponsors’ Pence Insurance Agency, Inc., Historic Paris-Bourbon County Hopewell Museum, and The History Workshop.
In addition to the Lexington Public Library, the following individuals and local hosts helped make this year’s venues and conference tours unique - Rasheedah El-Amin, Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, Gerry van der Meer at the Kentucky Aviation Museum, Lee Ellen Martin of the Explorium, Travis Robinson at the Kentucky Horse Park, Russ Pear in the University of Kentucky Athletic Office, the Lexington Vintage Dance Society, and Alex Rood at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.
Bringing off this event requires many hands. If you meet anyone connected to our sponsors or local hosts, please let them know how much you appreciate their support of this year’s annual meeting. Also, let your Regional Rep and KMHA Board officers know that you appreciate their efforts. Particular thanks go to Stuart Sanders, Kentucky Historical Society liaison to KHMA, who handled the registration, Silent Auction Coordinator Tressa Brown of the Kentucky Heritage Council, and Gary Johnston, Behringher-Crawford Museum, our annual meeting tech guru and photographer.
Next year’s annual meeting will take place June 8-10 in Morehead. Mark your calendars! If you have any program suggestions or other recommendations concerning the conference, contact KMHA Vice President and 2014 Annual Meeting Chair Sharon Tabor at email@example.com or 270-792-0370. Interested in hosting a future annual meeting? Contact me at 270-745-6260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.