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You’re part of a unique group if you belong to The Living Treasures. These individuals from the Oldham County community are known for their wisdom and various accomplishments, having spent a lifetime making history. Their impact, whether large or small, is felt by many far and wide. Members of this select group will be at the Oldham County History Center on Oldham County Day, July 19, for a meet and greet.
The Living Treasures Oral History program was begun in 2007 by Nancy Stearns Theiss, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Oldham County History Center. Each month The Oldham Era features an individual from the community in an article written by Theiss after she has interviewed the individual.
“The Living Treasures program recognizes people who have generously served our community with kind hearts and good deeds,” said Theiss.
The Living Treasures Program recognizes people 70 years and older. Their oral histories and photographs are recorded, archived and made available to the public at the Oldham County History Center. Each month a nominee is selected and featured in a one page spread in The Oldham Era. Eleven nominees are selected throughout the year and then honored the following year in a January reception at the Oldham County History Center.
The Living Treasures program is modeled after the Living Treasures in New Mexico, founded in 1984 by peace activist and minster, Mary Lou Cook and friends, who wanted to express appreciation for the important contributions our elders make. The Living Treasures often inspire others to become active in their community.
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, national spokesperson for the Greatest Generations Foundation, will be a special parade guest of the Oldham County Historical Society as well. After the parade he will hold a meet and greet on the Museum porch along with the Living Treasures.
The Oldham County Historical Society will also feature the Antique Iron Club’s display of antique tractors, farm implements and tractors on the grounds of the Oldham County History Center. A special exhibit in the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum entitled “Remember the Time…” will showcase 50 years of service by the Project Guild of La Grange, the group responsible for putting on Oldham County Day. Upstairs in the museum visitors can see a World War II themed exhibit, I Pledge Allegiance: Honoring our World War II Veterans.