Local historian honored

The Gleaner, March 26, 2005

The former president of the local historical society was recently given an award of distinction by the Kentucky Historical Society that carried with it a cash prize.

Frank Nally received the award for "outstanding individual service to museums or history organizations," according to a press release.

Nally was honored at the 2005 Kentucky History Awards Program, held March 19 at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. Sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, the annual awards recognize the best history achievements and projects relating to state and local history, the release said.

"It was nice to get a pat on the back officially like this from the state," said Nally, who also received a check for $250. "I was very humbled when they called and told me. I've had good people behind me helping me. It's not a one-man show. It's not just me; there's been a lot of good people helping me. I give them the credit, too."

Nally's accomplishments include documenting the forgotten Oak Hill Cemetery on Pringle Street, raising public awareness of Henderson resident Mary Towles Sasseen Wilson originating the idea for Mothers Day in 1887 at the old Center Street School, and the publication of various books by the local historical society.



Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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