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January 8, 2014

Keeney named executive director of Mill Springs Battlefield

Former Chamber director succeeds Gilbert

Nancy —

Jack Keeney is a man of many talents.
He’s headed up the welcoming station of the Pulaski business community. He’s steered the organization that provides food to the needy.
Now he’s dipping his toe into the Civil War.
Keeney is the new executive director of the Mill Springs Battlefield Association (MSBA), the group tasked with overseeing perhaps the area’s greatest historical treasure.
Keeney is replacing David Gilbert, who is retiring after a stint as interim director.
It hasn’t been that long since Keeney himself was a retiree — although that period lasted only a few days. Keeney had previously been serving as executive director of God’s Food Pantry in Somerset, where he oversaw the distribution of meals to low-income families in the area.
Keeney retired from that position effective the start of 2014 — which, of course, was only about a week ago.
“It was just a matter of (being asked), ‘Would you consider coming out and doing this for us?’” said Keeney, who has also served as executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. “I looked into it and decided I wasn’t any good at lying around and being retired. It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”
So Keeney started this past Monday, and has been busy familiarizing himself with the ins-and-outs out the Mill Springs Battlefield Association, including their crown jewel, the Battlefield Museum on west Ky. 80 in Nancy.
“So far, I’m getting to know the actual history of the Mill Springs battlefield, and the how the system worked, before getting to know all about the board members, and the Nancy community,” said Keeney.
At least Keeney is familiar with one thing central to this particular job — history. Particularly, the history of the Civil War, of which the Battle of Mill Springs has proven to be one of the key events.

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