The Madison County Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate our citizenry and visitors about the county’s unique history, archeology, architecture, and cultural heritage. The MCHS board also collaborates with governmental entities, educational institutions, and public/private businesses and organizations to promote, protect, and preserve Madison County history and heritage.

Recent News

Moran Family Presentation

On October 10, Mr. Hugh Anderson Moran IV of California gave an indepth presentation on the Moran family of Madison County.  The presentation included  numerous slides with photos of family mementoes, burial sites and former homes.

Andrew Tribble Interpretive Marker Dedication

Through the efforts of board member, Rusty Rechenbach, there is now an interpretive marker in Union City to celebrate the life of Andrew Tribble who was born in the tiny community in 1876.  Andy was a performer on Vaudeville (along with his brother Amos) and is considered to be the founder of "comic black female impersonators".

Berea Cemetery Walking Tour

On September 28th, board member Sharyn Mitchell led a tour of historic Berea Cemetery.  She was assisted by fellow board member, Bill Williams who shared information on Civil War graves.  Former mayor Steve Connelly and others added valuable information on the individuals buried in the cemetery.

DNA and Genealogy Presentation

Nationally known speaker and former NSDAR Registrar General Sharon Withers gave a presentation on DNA and genealogy entitled "Digging Up Grandpa (Without a Shovel)".  The information was extremely useful and led to many followup questions.



20 February – Mayor Robert Blythe  (Venue:  First Baptist Church, Collins & Francis Street)

                        Topic:  Black History Month – “African-American Churches/Pastors”

19 March – Stuart Joynt

                        Topic:  Estill Monument Repairs

16 April – Harry Rice

                        Topic:  Madison County Native Red Foley

21 May – Mack Cox

                        Topic:  Early Kentucky Antiques

18 June – 5th Annual MCHS Recognition Program.  Presentations to distinguished Madison County

            Historians and preservation organizations.

                        Short talk:  TBA

                        Topic:  TBA

4 August – Annual Meeting/Picnic    Saturday at 6:00pm at Mt. Zion Church

                        Rachel Lee Rogers in a Chautauqua Presentation

                        Topic:  Jean Richie

17 September Donna Dodd Jones

                        Topic:  Local Women’s Suffrage Movement

Late September – 5th Annual Cemetery Tour -- Details TBA

15 October – Hugh A. Moran IV

                        Topic:  His Ancestral Breck and Clay Families


Regular meeting date is normally the 3rd Thursday of the month with meetings in the Community Room (Lower Level)  of the Madison County Library at corner of West Main and 5th Street.

Regular meeting time is 6:30 pm.  Announcements will be made via Facebook, E-Mail and Community Calendar in the Richmond Register