Oldham County
Historical Society Gala

Lammleins to be honored
at fourth annual dinner in La Grange

The couple has been instrumental in many facets
of the History Center, research

By Don Ward

(September 2005) – Bill and Dorothy Lammlein, longtime contributors and instrumental in establishing the Oldham County History Center Museum, will be honored Sept.30 as “Champions of Oldham County History” at the historical society’s annual Gala. The formal event has been moved this year to an outdoor setting on the grounds of the History Center, rather than at The Olmsted in Louisville, where it had been held in past years.

Bill & Dorothy Lammlein

Photo provided

Bill and Dorothy Lammlein
will be the honorees Sept. 30.

The Lammlein’s will be presented with the “J. Chilton Barnett Champion of Oldham County History Award,” named for the late Barnett who promoted the county’s history and whose rare whiskey jug collection will go on display at the museum.
The Lammleins have offered their time and talents to the historical society for many years, since moving to the area several years ago. They reside on a farm in Trimble County.
In 1996, Dorothy helped organized the county’s history book, “History and Families-Oldham County, Kentucky: The First Century, 1924-1924.” She was also the executor of the J. Chilton Barnett estate and managed the sale of his collections to benefit the historical society. Barnett died a short time after the History Center Museum opened in August 1999. An endowment in Barnett’s name continues to support the historical society.
Bill is an architect who has been instrumental in establishing the historic districts for La Grange. He supervised the renovation of both the Mount and Duncan buildings for the historical society’s archives and museum.
The Lammleins helped to place more than 125 properties in Oldham County on the National Register of Historic Places. Dorothy is now working with Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood to preserve the history of the late horticulturalist Theodore Klein. Bill serves on the Yew Dell Gardens building committee.
The Lammleins are members of various preservation groups, business organizations, and Bill has served or is serving on local and county government boards.
The Lammleins will share the award with their family, which includes daughter Valerie; son-in-law, Maxwell Shannon; son, William; daughter-in-law, Stacy; and five grandchildren.

Oldham County
Historical Society Gala

• Friday, Sept. 30, under a tent on the grounds of the Oldham County History Center, La Grange
• 7 p.m. reception; 8 p.m. catered dinner
• Presenting the Champions of History Award to Bill and Dorothy Lammlein; silent and live auctions; music by Kasi & Friends; opening of the J.Chilton Barnett Whiskey Jug Collection
• Tickets: $125 per person by reservation
• (502) 222-0286

Oldham County residents Bill and Nancy Samuels will preside over this year’s Gala as honorary co-chairs. Bill Samuels Jr. is president of Maker’s Mark Distillery, and both are descendants from two of Kentucky’s oldest distilling families.
The theme for this year’s Gala is “The Prohibition Ball” and includes the opening of Barnett’s whiskey jug collection, which features 469 jugs and crocks of various sizes, almost all from Kentucky distilleries. The evening’s events will include a dinner catered by The Silver Spoon, with many dishes offering a bourbon theme.
There will be an open bar, entertainment by jazz artist Kasi and Friends, plus live and silent auctions. Auctioneer Kenneth Hays of Hays & Associates will conduct the live auction.
Up to 250 people can be accommodated under the Gala Tent, said said executive director Nancy Stearns Theiss.
Proceeds from the event, which typically generates close to $50,000 annually, goes into the historical society’s general operating fund.

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