Community Engagement Coordinator
When other kids were off vacationing at the beach or Disney World, Jim spent the summers of his youth traveling to Smithsonian museums, Civil War battlefields, and sports halls of fame with his historically minded parents. As Community Engagement Coordinator at the Kentucky Historical Society, he feels honored and humbled to be a public ambassador for the organization and the Commonwealth’s history. Before joining the KHS staff, Jim spent 11 years teaching at the college level, serving on the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program faculty, and working as a wine educator and brand ambassador for the largest winery east of the Rockies. Jim is originally from Lexington and graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky before completing M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History at Indiana University. Staff member since 2022.