Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 19, 2012

New military history group forming now

Roundtable group votes to become the Kentucky Military History Association

ASHLAND — What began as a chance for veterans to get together once a month at Highlands Museum and Discovery Center  has grown into an independent organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Kentucky’s military history.

“The Military History Roundtable has been in existence twice during the 28-year history of the Highlands Museum. Both times it has been markedly successful, but has often struggled to find its place within the greater organization. The museum has been and is still supportive of our nation’s military and is honored to host the monthly military history roundtable. However, the current economic situation, coupled with expanded use of museum facilities during the week has forced the museum to make the difficult decision of limiting the number of monthly roundtables to four per year due to space constraints,” wrote Matt Potter, curator of military exhibits at the museum.

Potter said military-roundtable participants considered the decision and voted to pursue formation of an independent group, which will be known as the Kentucky Military History Association.

“While several people have agreed to take part in the formation of the KMHA, we are still seeking individuals to help out and become part of it,” Potter said, adding the group is seeking people with skills ranging from construction to legal knowledge and fundraising experience.

The association’s initial goals include community outreach to provide speakers for Veteran’s Day events as well as school presentations and exhibits. The group’s only long-term goal at this point is to develop and build a Kentucky Museum of Military History.

“That is something desperately needed in this state,” Potter said during the association’s first organizational meeting Thursday, explaining there is only one small state-operated military museum in Frankfort for Kentucky’s rich military history.

For more information about the Kentucky Military History Association, email kmha.office@gmail.com, visit kyfreedom.net online or call (606) 547-2607.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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