One of Lexington’s longest-running historic preservation groups has tapped as its new executive director a longtime historian and co-founder of an effort to preserve the city’s LGBTQ history.


Jonathan Coleman, who has served as an assistant director and curator at the Mary Todd Lincoln House for the past six years, will begin as the executive director of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation on Nov. 1.

The Blue Grass Trust, which has led many preservation efforts for more than 60 years, has been without an executive director since March 2020 when longtime director Sheila Ferrell stepped down.

Coleman, who received his doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky in 2014, has spearheaded many local history initiatives including co-founding the Faulkner Morgan archives, which chronicles Lexington’s LGBTQ history. Coleman is originally from Pike County.

Faulkner Morgan has achieved statewide and national recognition, most recently from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for its success in “the creation of a more inclusive and polyvocal American story.”

During his tenure at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Coleman also led other initiatives, including “A House Divided,” a Kentucky Humanities Council funded project that used the Lexington Cemetery to explore the area’s Civil War history.

“For over sixty years, the Trust’s mission to educate, advocate, and serve has been vital to preservation in Central Kentucky, and with the help of our donors, community partners, and Trust leadership, I look forward to building on this incredible legacy,” Coleman said.

Janie Fergus, president of the board of the Blue Grass Trust, said Coleman’s selection as executive director comes at a crucial point in the organization’s history. The nonprofit was originally founded in 1955 to save the John Wesley Hunt home in Gratz Park from demolition.

“Along with many initiatives underway, Jon is eager to move the Trust forward to an even stronger position as the historic preservation leader in Central Kentucky.”

Beth Musgrave has covered government and politics for the Herald-Leader for more than a decade. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has worked as a reporter in Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Washington D.C.

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