Duane and Anne Murner honored at Oldham County Historical Society Gala

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By The Staff

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 was 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 took 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.

 All proceeds benefited the historical society’s yearly operational expenses. 

The Murners' received 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.”

Submitted by the Oldham County Historical Society