Gov. Bevin appoints Kentucky Guardsmen to Kentucky’s Military History Museum Committee

Kentucky National Guard Staff Report

Kentucky State Arsenal

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Matt Bevin recently appointed six new individuals to be a part of the Kentucky Military History Museum Committee, four of which are Kentucky Guardsmen.

*  MSgt. Janet Timberlake, of Frankfort, is a military funeral honors state coordinator. She will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and

*  Lt. Col. Shawn Keller, of Louisville, is an installation deployment officer with the Kentucky Air National Guard. He will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and

*  Lt. Col. Travis Carpenter, of Waddy, is a brigade administrative officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and

* Maj. Jacob McKinney, of Louisville, is an operations officer with the Kentucky National Guard. He will represent the Kentucky Historical Society and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and

*  John Higginbotham, of Winchester, is a retired telecommunications professional. He will represent the Kentucky Historical Society and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and

* Stephen McBride, of Lexington, is director of interpretation and archaeology at the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. He will represent the Kentucky Historical Society and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

“I think our main goal is to bring awareness to the Kentucky Military History Museum,” said McKinney. “The Kentucky National Guard, both Army and Air, have a great story to tell, and we feel that the museum is a fantastic avenue to do just that.

We want Guardsmen and women to embrace our past as we look forward to the future. We’d like the museum to be a tool for our current force and we’re trying to incorporate events for our Officer commissioning ceremonies as well as events for JROTC units across the state.”

The Kentucky Military History Museum is operated by the Kentucky Historical Society in conjunction with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs. Artifacts and documents help provide a full picture of Kentuckians’ military service. The Gothic Revival style building was the State Arsenal from the 1850s until the early 1970s when the Boone National Guard Center opened in Frankfort. During the Civil War, it served as a munitions factory where Frankfort women made ammunition for troops from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs created the Kentucky Military History Museum in 1973.