Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House was restored by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit which continues to maintain and operate the historic site.
Gwen Thompson, Executive Director
A seventh-generation Kentuckian, Gwen earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Business from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in History with a focus in Public History from Murray State University. She has been the Executive Director of KMPF since 2004.
Jonathan Coleman, Curator
Jon earned his B.A. from Pikeville College and completed his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. Responsible for the maitenance and care of KMPF properties and collections, he joined the staff part-time in 2009, becoming the full-time Curator in 2016.
Vicky Middleswarth, Education Coordinator
Vicky earned her B.A. in English from Allegheny College, M.A. in Folklife from Western Kentucky University, and M.S. in Library Science from Western Kentucky University. She’s worked in museum education since 1980, retiring from the Kentucky Historical Society in 2008. She joined the MTL House team as a docent in 2010, becoming the part-time Education Coordinator in 2013.
Linda Scott, Museum Store Manger & Administrative Assistant
Linda earned a B.A. in Spanish from Centre College and has completed additional coursework in secondary education. She has worked as an administrative assistant at the University of KY, in medical office billing and transcription, and as a Spanish teacher. A docent since 2006, Lindat became the part-time museum store manager and administrative assistant in 2014.
BOARD OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Robert C. Magrish, Chair
Mr. Magrish earned a B.A. in International Business from American University, a B.A. in Architecture and M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Magrish has over twenty-fives years of experience in museum/non-profit management, curatorial management, architecture, and historic preservation. He has served on the boards of the Victorian Society, the DC Preservation League, and the Board of Architectural Review for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. He joined the board of KMPF in 2009.
Dee Dee Moran, Immediate Past Chair
A born and raised Kentuckian, Mrs. Moran received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kentucky and continues to support UK as a Fellow, the founder of the Moran German Fund and an alumni member. Mrs. Moran taught German and Spanish for ten years at Sayre School in Lexington. Mrs. Moran volunteers as a pianist in the “Helping Hands” program, an Alzheimer’s support group, has also volunteered with Faith in Action, Elder Outreach and is actively involved in her church. She joined the board of KMPF in 2009.
Bill Howell, Chair Elect
Mr. Howell graduated from Centre College, where he earned his B.A. in History. Mr. Howell worked for Lexington Cartage Co., and as a Vice President of PNC Bank, before becoming a Trust Officer with Wealth South in 2013. His volunteer activities have included Central Christian Church, Habitat for Humanity, Bible Study Fellowship as well as membership in the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable. Mr. Howell joined the KMPF Board of Directors in 2003 and currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Trudy Burkhard, Secretary
A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Burkhard graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Speech Pathology. She spent several years as a speech and hearing therapist in public schools in Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan before retiring to start a family. Trudy and her husband John moved to Lexington 2001. Mrs. Burkhard has been active in volunteer work for forty years, including with the Dearborn (Michigan) Symphony, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, and an international women’s group. She has been a KMPF board member since 2002.
Wade S. Littrell, Treasurer
Mr. Littrell earned his B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Kentucky. Previously an auditor and revenue examiner for Commonwealth of Kentucky, Mr. Littrell has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Council of State Governments since 1996. He is a member of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Lexington program. Mr. Littrell joined the KMPF board in 2016.
Ann Bretz Boone, Director
Mrs. Boone earned a B.A. in Communications Management from the University of Dayton with a minor in Marketing. She is Territory Sales Manager for Tandem Diabetes and Abbott Diabetes. Prior to joining Abbott, Mrs. Boone held positions with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and the UK College of Pharmacy where her primary responsibilities included community outreach, fundraising, and marketing. Previously she has volunteered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, God’s Pantry, Junior Achievement, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Mrs. Boone joined the KMPF board in 2014.
John D. Davis, Director
Mr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Kentucky. He has been working in the financial industry since 1994 and is the Founder and Managing Partner of Legacy Wealth Management. Mr. Davis has Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning and has given over a hundred seminars on wealth management. John has owned and operated several successful businesses and volunteers for a variety of civic and charitable organizations.
Brady W. Dunnigan, Director
Mr. Dunnigan earned his J.D. at Brandies School of Law at the University of Louisville, after receiving his B.A. at the University of Kentucky. He is a partner at Dinsmore focusing on business transactions, with an emphasis in commercial real estate and lending; hospitality industry; consumer products; mineral law; creditor's rights. Mr. Dunnigan is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Lexington program. He currently serves on the board of the Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers, and previously served by gubernatorial appointment on the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board. He joined the KMPF Board in 2016.
Ann Todd Dupree, Director
Ann Todd Dupree has been a long-time member of KMPF and was the Recording Secretary for six years. Mr. Dupree has volunteered with Central Christian Church, the Foundation for Affordable Housing, the Junior League, NOW Kindergarten, and the Transylvania Women’s Club. After earning a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky, Mrs. Dupree worked in the thoroughbred publishing before her thirty-year career as a realtor. She also loves to travel and garden
Bill Farmer, Director
Mr. Farmer is a local businessman whose family has operated Farmer’s Jewelry in Chevy Chase since 1953. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Farmer is Past President of the Lexington Forum, and a Forum Award Winner for community service. Mr. Farmer is Fifth District Councilmember with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, serving on the Council Budget & Finance Committee, as well as the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee. He has served on the board of KMPF since 2008.
Dan Graves, Director
A native of Lexington, Mr. Graves is the youngest of nine children. After graduating from Sayre School, he earned a B.A .from Transylvania University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has been in the field of commercial general contracting since 1992. He has done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, Upward Soccer, and Apostles Anglican Church. He joined the KMPF Advisory Board in 2009, becoming a Voting Director in 2011.
James C. Klotter, Director
Dr. Klotter received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky and is the author, coauthor, or editor of some seventeen books. Formerly the Executive Director of the Kentucky Historical Society, he is currently a professor at Georgetown College and the State Historian of Kentucky. Dr. Klotter has served on numerous boards, including the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and the UK Library Associates, the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation Board, and the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation Board. He joined the board of KMPF in 2006.
Priscilla Lynd, Director
Dr. Lynd earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Medical Degree from University of Kentucky. She served her pediatric residency at the University of Virginia and the University of Kentucky, earning a neonatology fellowship at UK. She was a UK faculty member before entering private practice. Since retiring from private practice in 2000, Dr. Lynd works part-time with Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept. She has served on the boards of The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, The Child Development Center, and the Lexington Pediatric Society. Dr. Lynd was a volunteer docent at the Mary Todd Lincoln House from 2000-2006 and has been a board member since 2002.
Melissa A. McEuen, Director
After graduating from Georgetown College, Dr. McEuen earned an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Louisiana State University. She is a Bingham Professor at Transylvania University, where she has taught since 1995. Her research and publications—including 3 books—focus on American women in the twentieth century. Dr. McEuen is past president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and a consultant for several education initiatives, including the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program. She also serves on the board of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She joined the KMPF board in 2015.
Trina R. Sheets, Director
Trina Sheets is the Executive Director for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), an affiliate organization of the Council of State Governments (CSG). NEMA represents the State Directors of Emergency Management in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Prior to joining NEMA, Ms. Sheets was the Director of Public Relations for the Kentucky Blood Center and had primary responsibility for media relations, marketing, development and fundraising and community outreach. Ms. Sheets holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She joined the board of KMPF in 2013.
Kent Whitworth, Director
Born and raised in Louisville, Kent Whitworth has been the director of the Kentucky Historical Society since January 2004. He earned his BA in History from Asbury College and his MA in History (with an emphasis in Historic Preservation) from Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Whitworth has over twenty-five years of experience in historical administration and served on the American Association of State and Local History Council, the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission, and the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission. He joined the board of KMPF in 2008.
Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation (KMPF) is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization founded in 1968 under the leadership of Beula C. Nunn to protect the unique history of Kentucky. The Foundation’s initial project was the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. The second project was the restoration of White Hall in Madison County. White Hall was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, emancipationist, legislator and Ambassador to Russia under Abraham Lincoln. White Hall was transferred to Kentucky State Parks after its restoration.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington was restored by KMPF and opened to the public as a museum in 1977. KMPF operates and maintains the Mary Todd Lincoln House through a unique arrangement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The state government declared eminent domain to secure the property from demolition. In 1975, a ninety-nine year lease agreement gave KMPF responsibility for the original restoration and the continued operation and maintenance of the museum. As such, KMPF bears all of the financial responsibility of operating and maintaining the historic site and receives no regular government support. KMPF depends primarily on earned income from admissions, gift shop sales, and membership dues to preserve and operate the museum.
This two-story brick, late Georgian house with its stone water table and belt course was built in 1803-1806 as an inn by William Palmateer.