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Nancy Stearns Theiss is a native of Oldham County and currently Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society. She has degrees in Biology and Environmental Education and most recently completed her PhD at the University of Louisvillle on the teaching strategies of wildlife ecologist and naturalist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). Theiss has recieved numerous awards, including the Outstanding Service Award from Murray State University and the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service. She is the author of several publications including: A Place in the Lodge: Dr. Rob Morris, Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star (Dog Ear Press, 2015),  Oldham County: Life at the River's Edge (The History Press, 2011). Theiss writes a weekly column on local community history for the "Neighborhoods" section of the Courier-Journal.  She records and transcribes oral histories for The Living Treasures Program published monthly in the Oldham Era.


Pam Fields is the Administrative Assistant.  She was born and raised in Radcliffe, Iowa and is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Communication.
Pam and her family moved to LaGrange in 2006 from Lexington.  She and her husband, Brian, have two girls and two dogs.  Her hobbies include crafting, decorating, sewing, and bunco and she is an admitted Pinterest junkie.  She currently serves on the planning committee for the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Meeting to be held in Louisville in 2015.  Pam is the host of the OC History Center’s American Girl Book Club, coordinates the Oldham County Day Living Treasures float and luncheon, and is the Oldham County Historical Society’s Annual Gala liaison.
Contact Pam at: pam@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org

Helen McKinney is an Educator/Genealogist for the Oldham County History Center.


A native of Oldham County, she can trace her paternal roots back to Daniel Boone’s elder brother, Samuel Boone. Having earned a BA in English and in History from Bellarmine University, she loves writing about her two favorite topics: history and genealogy. Helen also enjoys teaching hands-on history to children, especially 18th century Kentucky history. She enjoys creating new programs and events for the History Center to bring history alive for those who may not share her passion. Along with her husband Kent and twin sons, Ben and John, she has been a living history re-enactor with the Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. of Shelby County for the past ten years.

Contact Helen at: helen@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org

Oldham County Historical Society

Staff and Board of Directors

Robert Martin, President                                                                    bob.martin@usi.biz

Raymond Simpson, Vice President

Kevin Eldridge, Treasurer                                                             keldrisge@bellsouth.net

Sally Landes, Secretary                                                                      blandes@iglou.com


Terri Miller, Campus Renovation Chair                                              derbytea@aol.com


Larry Chandler                                                                               larrydch@twc.com

Shirley Orr                                                                                        kychick50@aol.com

Ellie Troutman                                                                    windymeadows1309@aol.com

John Vogt                                                                                      vogtinc@bellsouth.net


Barbara Winters, Gala Chair                                                 barbaraocpva@yahoo.com


Jim Zimmerman                                                                           JZcobra@aol.com

Frenchie Sweatt                                                                           frenchiesweatt@gmail.com


Oldham County Historical Society

Board of Directors


Nancy Stearns Theiss,
Executive Director

Helen McKinney


Pam Fields

Administrative Assistant