BY BETH MUSGRAVE, The Lexington Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – One of Lexington’s oldest historical preservation groups has chosen a longtime historian and co-founder of an effort to preserve the city’s LGBTQ history as its new executive director.
Jonathan Coleman, who has served as deputy director and curator at the Mary Todd Lincoln House for the past six years, will become executive director of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation on November 1.
The Blue Grass Trust, which has led numerous preservation efforts for over 60 years, has been without an executive director since March 2020, when longtime director Sheila Ferrell resigned.
Coleman, who received his doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky in 2014, has led many local history initiatives, including co-founding the Faulkner Morgan Archives, which chronicle the LGBTQ history of Lexington. Coleman is from Pike County.
Faulkner Morgan has achieved state and national recognition, most recently from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for his success in “Creating a More Inclusive and Polyvocal American History. “.
During his tenure at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Coleman also led other initiatives, including “A House Divided,” a Kentucky Humanities Council-funded project that used Lexington Cemetery to explore the history of the civil war in the region.
“For over sixty years, the Trust’s mission to educate, advocate and serve has been vital to preservation in central Kentucky, and with the help of our donors, community partners and Trust leaders, I look forward to building on this incredible legacy, ”said Coleman.
Janie Fergus, chairman of the board of the Blue Grass Trust, said Coleman’s selection as executive director comes at a critical time in the organization’s history.
The association was founded in 1955 to save John Wesley Hunt’s home in Gratz Park from demolition.
“With many initiatives underway, Jon looks forward to moving the Trust forward to an even stronger position as a leader in historic preservation in central Kentucky. “
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