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                                                    Oldham County Historical Society Gala

                                            Honoring Duane & Anne Murner

                                              Friday, June 21 at 6:30 – 10 p.m.

                                               Oldham County History Center


Duane and Anne Murner are a couple who are dedicated to Oldham County. Serving in different capacities over the years, they have proven that history is an integral part of their lives and is woven into most of the things that they have accomplished. For these many contributions, the couple will be honored at this year’s Oldham County Historical Society’s 18th annual Gala on Friday, June 21. They are the recipients of the 2019 J.C. Barnett Champions of Oldham County History Award.


The 2019 Oldham County Historical Society Gala will take place at the History Center campus located at 106 N. Second St. in La Grange. This year’s theme, Marquis de Lafayette Masquerade, is a nod to France, a country near and dear to the Murner’s hearts. It is also the homeland of French aristocrat and military officer Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), who aided America in winning the Revolutionary War and commanded American troops in several battles. The name for the town of La Grange was chosen to honor the French estate of the Marquis de Lafayette. The Chateau de la Grange, complete with a castle, was the Marquis’s home in France.


The Gala will include an open bar and appetizers beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner by Masterson’s Catering at 7:30 p.m. A wine bar will be provided by The Little Kentucky River Winery. Also included is a silent and live auction with guest auctioneer Mike Simpson. All proceeds benefit the historical society’s yearly operational expenses. For those who want to get into the theme of things, attire for the evening is white, gold and black. Don’t forget your mask!


The Murner’s will receive the J. Chilton Barnett Champion of Oldham County History Award during the Gala. This award has been given out since 2002 to an individual who has demonstrated a sincere interest in Oldham County history and a desire and effort to preserve that history for future generations. Past recipients include:  Theodore Klein, Bill and Dottie Lammlein, J.W. and Rose Ethel Hall, Steve Wilson & Laura Lee Brown, Bill Samuels, Jr. and Joyce and Barney Barnett.


As for the Murner’s years of service to others, giving back to their community is “just part of our genetic makeup,” said Duane. “It should be an important part of anybody’s life.”


Tickets for the Marquis de Lafayette Masquerade are still available at $150 per person. Many sponsorship opportunities are available as well, with a portion of the ticket price being tax deductible. To make reservations contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.