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Shelby County Historical Society

Shelby County Historical Society
627 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Mailing Address:
PO Box 444
Shelbyville, KY 40066

Call us:(502)513-5555
email: director@shelbykyhistory.org

Mission Statement

The Shelby County Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and promote knowledge and appreciation of Shelby County and Kentucky History.

We are a 501(c)3 organization, donations to the historical society maybe tax deductible!

Shelby County Historical Society 2023 Board Members

President: Trace Kirkwood
Vice President: Sarahbeth Farabee
Treasurer: Belinda Nichols
Secretary: Julie Mulcahy
Past President: John Graham

Serving Through 2023:
Jane P. Tucker
Bonnie Burks Gray

Serving Through 2024:
Robin Roberts
Jeffrey Bell

Serving Through 2025:
Heather Cecil
Kenneth Harris

Brian Cushing

Contact Brian at director@shelbykyhistory.org

Meet Executive Director - Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in history with a focus in sociology and is the former program director at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brian has also remained involved with the early 19th century small farm distillery project there, which he helped develop.

Brian lives on the historic Main St. in La Grange, Kentucky and when not at work, is on a constant mission to discover the rhythms and intricacies of life throughout the 19th Century, especially studying and recreating men's clothing throughout.

He also apprentices as an apple orchardist, learning about and helping care for heritage breed apple trees.

John Graham

Shelby County Historical Society President John Graham

John Graham

John Graham is a retired Social Studies teacher from Oldham/Shelby Co. Schools and retired History Professor from JCTCS.

John has been married to Ann Graham since 1969 and they have 2 daughters, Corinna and Hannah and three grandchildren-Dillon, Thomas, and Maggie.

John writes that “my hobbies are swimming and exercising my golden retriever, Indiana Jones. Our favorite TV shows are Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates; reruns from Jeopardy, Comment on Kentucky, and 60 Minutes. We religiously celebrate all family birthdays. Before the pandemic, we made annual summer trips to OBX. Last summer, we enjoyed renting a cabin and boat on Green River. I am active in NAACP and Ann is active in two book clubs.”

KY History Award 2018

Shelby County Historical Society ​Winners of the 2018 KY Historical Society Publications Award Salute to the Past-Award Winner! 

Congratulations to the Shelby County Historical Society. The historical society was awarded a Kentucky Historical Society publications award. The award was presented Friday, Nov. 9th at the Kentucky History Awards program, The Salute to the Past was recognized for it’s use of how the editor’s chose to leave space on each page for readers to make notes, as well as the use of local writers, and articles about less known Shelby County history. Thanks to Editor’s Sherry Jelsma, Jack Brammer, and Designer James Mulcahy for their hardwork in publishing an award winning magazin.

The Shelby County Historical Society is a member of:

AASLH (American Association of State and Local History)
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Historical Society
Participant in Leadership Shelby 2018
Partners with VFW Post 1179

KY Historical Society Magazine Award-(2018) Salute to the Past
KY History and Trust Fund Grant- (2017)
KY History Award - (2015)

Shelby County Historical Society - Strategic Plan!

Over the past few months the Board of Directors and many from our membership have provided input and ideas to create a 3-5 year strategic plan for the Shelby County Historical Society. The desired outcome of this effort was to provide our organization with goals and strategies to better accomplish our mission and improve our footprint in the community.  

Strategic Plan


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627 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 444
Shelbyville, KY 40066 

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