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April 20, 2017

 

Fort Knox, Pentagon Honor Holt Friends,

Susan Dyer for Development of Home

Fort Knox JAGS and Friends of the Holt Home

 

  The Fort Knox Judge Advocate General (JAG) unit and the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAG) at the Pentagon have honored the Friends of the Holt Home and its president.

     The Friends received a plaque of appreciation and its president, Susan Dyer, received a medal for outstanding selfless service.  The awards took place April 20 at the Breckinridge County historic mansion of Joseph Holt, Lincoln’s judge advocate general.

     The award to Dyer was presented on behalf of Brig. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army.  The Friends president was cited for 20 years of dedicated service and duty to Holt’s legacy and restoration of his home.  She also was given a certificate of appreciation.

     COL James Bagwell, Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate, brought his entire JAG team to the event along with the legal community from the Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox for a historical professional development/field trip exercise.

     The colonel, in his remarks, praised Holt for his tireless energy and work “during a crucial time in our nation’s history” as the top legal advisor and lawyer for the U.S. Army during the Civil War.  PFC Christian Arbec and Specialist Caroline Bedoy reviewed Holt’s career under President Abraham Lincoln.

     Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas welcomed the team of  JAGS and briefly shared how Holt is remembered as the Prosecuting Judge of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. 

     Efforts continue to develop the Holt Home into a national meeting place for the JAG corps.

 

Ft. Knox JAGS US Army Cadet Command at the Judge Holt Home April 20,2017
Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News

 

COL James Bagwell, Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate addressing the JAGS team and Friends of the Holt Home.

Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News

 

COL Bagwell encouraging his JAG team to visualize how today’s Army was compared to Judge Holt’s era.

 

SG Love standing by Judge Maurice Lucas came and toured the historical facility of national significance prior to the JAGS visit and planned the day. Master Sergeant Konrad Nikolao standing by the picnic table gave a brief talk of appreciation for the work of the Holt Home and presented Certificates of Appreciation and a medal.

 

Ft. Knox JAGS US Army Cadet Command & Friends of the Holt Home.
Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News

 

 



8th Annual Holt Home Community Day
September 24th, 2016

A Holt Home blog . . .

They came and saw how historic mansion becomes an educational, tourism anchor

It was a grand day at the Holt Home.

More than 3,000 visitors came Sept. 24 to explore the history of Joseph Holt’s legacy when he served President Abraham Lincoln as the top lawyer for the United States Army.

They toured the antebellum mansion during the 8th Annual Holt Home Community Day, walked the beautiful grounds graced with trees and marveled at the renovation progress of the Hardinsburg structure. Smiles were a highlight of the day as visitors viewed the numerous improvements, such as the restored front and back windows.The beautiful replica of the back stair tower gave insight to master workmanship.

The crowd begin arriving early pointing out and admiring the restored Holt fence. Throughout the day, the grounds were filled with compliments and people, locally and from all across the state and beyond. Those who attended enjoyed eating on the new picnic tables, seeing the recently placed flagpole with “Old Glory” waving among the tree tops, and watching the Civil War baseball game, the first official Kentucky Lincoln site to host one.

Bands played, stirring the atmosphere with patriotic, traditional, and period music. Breckinridge County students took great pride in performing songs from the period and sharing Holt’s history and national significance.

The echo of “Taps” at Holt’s monument was very moving at the wreath-laying ceremony performed by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox soldiers with Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Bagwell, the staff judge advocate. The Indiana National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) – COL Daniel Kozlowski - discussed the Onsite Training at the historic home in March and the importance of Joseph Holt’s legacy. Col. Kozlowski came to lend a hand supporting the Friends of the Holt Home to make Judge Holt’s dwelling become a national meeting place for Army JAGS across the nation. Judge Holt’s home holds a special place in the history of the JAG Corps.

Numerous speakers spoke briefly explaining the roles their stations contributed to the Community Day. Ninety-eight-year-old James Wimsatt was recognized and honored for his gift – the famous Holt print used for all events, promotions and programs. Tamara Langman, Louisville Actor’s Theatre Costume Shop coordinator spoke about the significance of history and costume connections. One of four state partners, the Kentucky Historical Society, provided the Kentucky History Mobile with the Civil War exhibit. Judge Tommy Turner, former Co-chair of the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, spoke about “The Legacy Project” of the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial, the acquisition grant that made possible the purchase of the home for the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court.

Craig Potts, executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council, shared how partnership with the Holt Home, local partners and community support is shaping tourism, economic development and community pride across the state. Former State Representative Dwight D. Butler relayed the vision of saving the home, and how taking actions to protect and preserve our local community’s important history saves Kentucky’s rich heritage.

Keynote speaker, David L. Morgan, who was executive director at the Kentucky Heritage Council from 1984-2006, delivered heartwarming comments about preservation, the importance of protecting history and the numerous benefits it brings to local communities, the state and nation.

The cannon firings, Civil War campsite, fragrance of food and the community pride event will long be remembered as the Friends of the Holt Home continue to take actions to protect, preserve and promote Breckinridge County’s historical jewel.

Friends President Susan Dyer emphasized in the morning welcome, “the Holt Home is our compass, a link to our past and our gift to the future.” She asked visitors to keep updated at www.jholt-houseky.org as the Holt Home is being developed to become an educational and tourism anchor for South Central Kentucky.


Highlights from the 2016 8th Annual Holt Home Community Day

Photo Credit for the the photos of this event go to Glen Arnold, Arnold Studios & More, Garfield, Ky.
Phone: 270-668-9886, Website: www.arnoldstudio.com    Facebook: www.facebook.com/arnold.photo.cakes

 

 

Maurice Lucas, Breckinridge County Judge Executive speaking about the improvements for the Holt Home and continued restoration!

Susan B. Dyer President, Friends of the Holt Home, and local author “ Preservation at its Best” is when local people get involved, dream big, and work diligently changing attitudes, teaching preservation and the importance of saving our heritage telling Joseph Holt’s national significance with President Buchanan and President Lincoln.

Hardin County Circuit Judge Kelly Easton, Master of Ceremonies

Judge Kelly Easton, Honoring James L. Wimsatt , 98 year old who has given the gift of art, The famous Holt print to be used for all events, programs, and website for the Friends of the Holt Home and upcoming book of Susan Dyer.

 

Tamara Langman, Actor’s Theater, Costume Shop Coordinator. Spoke about the importance of costumes with living history.

 

Julie Mario Kemper, Senior Curator, KY Historical Society, KY History Mobile. ( Kentucky Historical Society) is a state partner with the Judge Joseph Holt Home.

 

Alison O’Donoghue Mattingly, singing the National Anthem, Volunteer

 

Jonathan Bennett, Coach, Civil War Baseball Game, Inviting visitors to the period baseball game. Much work and preparation was done by the Vintage Baseball team, All Volunteers!!!!

Craig Potts, Exec. Director, KY Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office. Spoke of partnerships and strengths with local communities. Life time partner with the Judge Joseph Holt Home

 

Judge Tommy Turner, La Rue County Judge Executive, Former Co. Chair KY Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and on the National Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Spoke about the KY Lincoln Bicentennial Commission making Holt Home a “ Legacy Project” of the KY Lincoln Bicentennial.

 

Isaac Myers, Field Representative for Governor Matt Bevin. Addressed visitors that the Governor’s office would assist.

 

Dwight D. Butler, Former Kentucky State Representative, The first local elected official to assist with bringing attention to the historic Holt Home. Diligently encourages, “ Only positive work brings good results!”

 

Susan Dyer, Introducing COL Daniel Kozlowski, Staff Judge Advocate, Indiana National Guard JAGS as the Friends continue working to make the Holt Home become a National meeting place for all the Army JAGS across America. And Introducing David L. Morgan, Key-note speaker, mentor, friend, and resource for the historic Holt Home.

 

Daniel Kozlowski, Staff Judge Advocate Indiana National Guard JAGS. Spoke about the On Site Training on March 5, 2016 at Judge Holt’s home. And how important Joseph Holt is to American History and the United States Army.

 

David L. Morgan, Key-note speaker, Preservation Advocate for the Holt Home and Kentucky! David continues to be a Resource Agent for the Holt Home since his retirement as Executive Director at the KY Heritage Council in 2006.

 

Boy Scott Troop #95 Presenting and Posting of Colors

 

Presentation of the National Anthem, Boy Scott Troop #95

 

Kathy Tabor and the Breckinridge Co. Chamber Singers/ Singing period music

 

Solo/ Breckinridge Co. Chamber Singers
 
 

 

Kathy Tabor, Directing Breckinridge County Chamber Singers

 

Visitors came to enjoy the singing and being a part of seeing step by step how the last official KY Lincoln site in the Commonwealth is restored.

 

The record crowd continued throughout the day!

 

Breckinridge County Chamber Singers/ Partnering their talents with the Friends of the Holt Home.

 

KY Home Guard Band played patriotic music before speakers were welcomed.

 

Susan Dyer and Tamara Langman take a moment enjoying history being made at the historic Holt Home.

 

Blake Bennett with his mother, Lori Bennett

 

A proud member of the Breckinridge County Chamber Singers

 

 

Troop 95 in action!

 

Assistant Scoutmaster Wayne Denner and his wife Stephanie Denner



Ted Guillaum, European Organ Grinder( Beloved by all visitors, and a crowd favorite!)

 

Chamber Singers making music!!!!!

 

Blake Bennett and Ted Guillaum join forces for a welcoming song!

 

 

Breckinridge County Vintage Baseball team

 

A loyal member of the Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry

 

Campsite of the Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry as would appeared doing the Civil War

 

14th Kentucky Light Artillery preparing the cannon

 

Through the day the 14th Light Artillery fired the historic Civil War cannon, enjoyed by visitors.

 

The Breckinridge County Vintage Baseball team preparing to eat lunch.

 

Members of the Breckinridge County Vintage Baseball Team ( the first official KY Lincoln site to host a game!)

 

Judge Kelly Easton, Portraying Judge Joseph Holt as he threw out the first pitch in Holt Field to begin the game.

 

And the pitch was successful for Judge Joseph Holt, portrayed by Judge Kelly Easton.

 

What a game it was!!!!!!
 

 

 

Reaching high for the ball!

 

A mini section of the large crowd.

 

The baseball game is special at Judge Holt’s home!!!! 

 

Baseball enjoyed!!!!!!

 

KY Home Guard Band, Preparing for the “ Taps” echo honoring Breckinridge County’s most famous citizen.

 

Lieutenant COL Jimmy Bagwell, Staff Judge Advocate, United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox and MSG Jerome D. Klein, Chief Paralegal NCO United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox

 

Staff Judge Advocate, United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Partnering, honoring one of their own.

 

 Salutes given to Brigadier General Joseph Holt “Lincoln’s Lawyer” and Judge Advocate General.

 

Honoring the legacy of Judge Joseph Holt

 

Previous Holt Home Community Days links...

Highlights from Holt Home Community Day 2013

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2014

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2015



David L. Morgan
David L. Morgan. Key Note Speaker for the 8th Annual Holt Home Community Day

David L. Morgan had his professional home at the KY Heritage Council from 1977-2006. And was Executive Director from 1984-2006. For eighteen years as Exec. Director David established a well- earned reputation as the nation’s most energetic and creative state historic preservation officer. And continues to serve as a Resource agent for the Holt Home.


COL Daniel Kozlowski
COL Daniel Kozlowski, Staff Judge Advocate, Indiana National Guard

The Indiana National Guard JAGS are helping the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. make Judge Holt’s structure a National meeting place for the Army JAGS across the nation.


 

Renovation at its Best: Judge Joseph Holt Home
has new look for 8th Annual Community Day

    

 Preserving and protecting Joseph Holt’s legacy and home continues to be inspirational for Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. a non-profit organization who works in a cooperative -agreement with Breckinridge County Fiscal Court. Restoration for the historic Holt Home has not happened over night to bring funding for the last official Kentucky Lincoln site and member of the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Alliance to be restored located in rural Breckinridge County. Perseverance, continuous grant writing, and an array of state and local partners along with working Friends’ volunteers provide a remarkable event for south central Kentucky and the Commonwealth.

     What is so remarkable is visitors come yearly to see progress. And the amazing factor is the historic Holt Home is the people’s home. If you come on September 24 you can view four grants in use.
What has happened since last year? The grounds have been meticulously cleaned, original sidewalks unearthed, the historic Holt fence restored, front windows completely renovated, back stair tower replica rebuilt, back windows restored along with the purchase of new picnic tables gracing the grounds, and a security system installed.

Visitors will be able to tour the antebellum showplace from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT and see a number of special events, including a Civil War baseball game with local players, music by period bands, local singers, cannon firing, infantry demonstrations, an appearance by President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln- as portrayed by Larry and Mary Elliott, the Kentucky History Mobile, and wreath-laying ceremony by The Fort Knox Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
        
David Morgan

David L. Morgan, a distinguished Centre College alumni, who had his professional home at the Kentucky Heritage Council from 1977-2006 and was Executive Director from 1984- 2006 “where he established a well-earned reputation as the nation’s most energetic and innovative state historic preservation officer” will be the key-note speaker at 11:00 a.m. CDT.  and continues to serve as the Resource Agent for the Holt Home.

 
   

Joseph Holt, Breckinridge County’s most famous son was appointed Judge Advocate General by President Abraham Lincoln and prosecuted the president’s accused assassins in the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. Judge Holt built his beloved home in the 1850’s during his time of national service in Washington from 1857-1875.

The Holt Home and surrounding 19.5 acres were acquired by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008. The 6,225 square foot mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places continues extensive exterior renovation. And at last year’s event the home received a $500,000 Phase II Transportation Enhancement Grant from Kentucky and former Governor Steve Beshear’s administration along with $199,000 tax credits from the Kentucky Heritage Council, a life-time partner.
The Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.

Additional information is available at www.jholt-houseky.org or by calling 270/756-2269 or 270/756/2573.

 


This is My Old Kentucky Home

What an Exciting Time for the Judge Joseph Holt Home!

“Nothing can happen without a dream.”

      “Saving a piece of old Kentucky is priceless,” as the late John Egerton has stated.

Our history is strong as it is the story of what life was like and, for Breckinridge County, it is telling the story of its most famous son. Attorney Joseph Holt was known for his legal expertise all across America during the Civil War. And that is why President Abraham Lincoln chose him to serve as the “Father of the Judge Advocates.”

In preservation, education is the strongest element. This involves teaching community, region and state that saving history strengthens your community and that retelling the important story of American history keeps this nation strong. The Friends of the Holt Home, Inc., is a non-profit organization that works in a cooperative-agreement with the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court . Through grants and assistance from state agencies, the quest of restoring and reusing Judge Joseph Holt’s beloved home and grounds continues.

The Holt Home is becoming what it used to be when its facilities hosted and entertained the most distinguished individuals from across America. This national treasure is bringing attention to Kentucky and  gaining it additional respect nationwide.
Citizens are invited to play an active part of this educational and worthy project. Plan to be a part of something unique in seeing step by step how the last official Kentucky Lincoln site in the Commonwealth is being restored and will be reused.
 
Visit the www.jholt-houseky.org website and see how today’s historians, volunteers, and advocates are striving to make Judge Holt’s home again “The showplace of Breckinridge County.”


        

Activities, Renovation Work
Progressing on Holt Home

 The Indiana National Guard JAGS have announced they will work with the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. to make the historical facility a national meeting place for the Judge Advocate General corps.

Roger Wilson, legal administrator for the Indiana guard’s 38th Division, made the announcement recently after the guard’s onsite training program at the Holt Home March 5. Fort Knox apparently will assist with that effort.

Since 2011, the work of making the Breckinridge County structure a national meeting place has been in progress.   Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. have led that project and continue efforts to preserve and protect the structure.

With the beginning of the spring season, many improvements have been made. Historic sidewalks have been uncovered, all front windows restored along with the pediments above them. With a grant, the Friends group has installed a security system for the home and cleaned the fence rows and grounds. Recently, permission was received to utilize the Save America’s Treasures Grant ($150,000 grant, 50-50 match) for restoration on the back of the home. This will be accomplished during the summer.
In addition, a concrete wall around the front porch (not original) has been removed. The Friends also have installed new picnic tables and a fence has been removed for restoration.

A consultant, Kim Nyberg, has been employed to develop a site use plan for the home. That activity has been funded by a grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation.

The Holt Home received a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant for Phase II renovation from Kentucky and with assistance from Gov. Stephen Beshear’s administration and a $199,000 Tax credit (same as cash) from the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office. Work is expected to begin in 2017.

Two Breckinridge County elementary schools visited for a living history day April 12, and Friends President Susan Dyer was the key speaker for the Jefferson County (Ind.) Civil War Round Table Gordon Whitney Memorial Dinner May 13. A second wedding has been schedule at the Holt Home and will be conducted June 4.
Also, Mrs. Dyer is continuing to work on “The New Jewel in Kentucky’s Civil War Crown,” a follow-up book on how the Holt Home has been saved.
 
The 8th Annual Holt Home Community Day is scheduled Sept. 24. The keynote speaker is David L. Morgan, former executive director at the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office. Morgan now serves as a resource agent for the Holt Home.
   
  


 

Holt Home Hosts Indiana National Guard JAGS Onsite Training
March 5th, 2016

The Indiana National Guard JAGS (Judge Advocate Generals) held its Onsite Training in the Judge Joseph Holt Home March 5, the first new reuse for the historical home.

The Guards Onsite Training program consisted of a training session partly in Bloomington, Ind., because of heavy fog and then later at the Holt Home, arriving in three Blackhawk helicopters. Following an official welcome, a luncheon was given in honor for the 26 JAGS, including the Indiana Supreme Court Justice Stephen David. There was a short meeting in the classroom set up in the historic home for the JAGS, a tour given by Susan Dyer - President of the Friends of the Holt Home, and Interviews by area media.
 
 Media covered the landing of the three Blackhawk helicopters flying from the Guards 2002 South Holt Road location.
 
The home of Judge Holt, Abraham Lincoln’s top legal adviser, is undergoing exterior renovation that will lead to complete restoration of the Italianate structure built around 1850. Holt’s most memorable role as Lincoln’s JAG occurred when he presided over the 1865 trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.

Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. received a grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 2015 for a site-use plan of what the Holt Home will become. The home will have local, state, and national re-uses. The non-profit organization is diligently working to make the Holt Home a national meeting place for Army JAGS across the nation.

The home and surrounding 19.5 acres, were acquired by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008 through grants from the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial placed in the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Historic Preservation Office. The 6,225 square-foot mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is undergoing extensive renovation. The Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. coordinate fund-raising efforts and events for the property and work in a cooperative agreement with Breckinridge County government.

More information is available at www.jholt-houseky.org. and by calling 270-756-2269 or 270-756-2573. The home is located at 6205 Highway 144, Hardinsburg, Ky., 40143.

 


JAGS Everywhere at the Holt Home!!!



Blackhawk helicopters returning for the JAGS!!!!!!!


Wow!!!!!!!!!! History was made at the Judge Joseph Holt Home. Three Blackhawk helicopters landed from their journey beginning in Indianapolis, IN.


26 Judge Advocates and the Indiana Supreme Court Justice David attended the Onsite Training March 5, 2016!


Smooth Landing at Judge Holt's home for the Indiana National Guard JAGS on March 5, 2016!


The First New Use for the Historic Holt Home was by the Indiana National Guard JAGS!


Rick Brown, Production Manager, Wave 3TV stayed all day to capture the history being made!!! Our thanks to Wave 3TV's Partnering for the Judge Joseph Holt Home!! The day's event was televised March 6, on the 11:00 p.m Wave 3TV News!


Hardinsburg Elementary and Irvington Elementary Schools learned about President Lincoln’s connection with Judge Joseph Holt, and his historic home

 History was made again as two elementary schools Hardinsburg Elementary and Irvington Elementary were the first in the county to explore the past at the historic Judge Joseph Holt home on April 12, 2016, the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Mrs. Beth Bennett, Guidance Counselor at H.E.S. understanding the importance of education opening the mind and expanding it planned the educational field trip for the fifth grade students to inspire and motivate pupils to observe and learn from President Abraham Lincoln’s (Larry Elliott’s) presentation portraying the life of the 16th President at the historic home of Lincoln’s top legal advisor for the U.S. Army, Brigadier General Joseph Holt who was Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General.

The students arrived hearing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  An introduction welcoming students was given by Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas. Judge Lucas spoke about the national importance of the Holt home, how they would learn about Lincoln’s life, and enjoy a tour learning the history of Judge Holt’s legacy, and home.
Lincoln’s portrayal began with his birth, and humble beginnings, his desire for an education, the stories and events in his Kentucky years, moving to Indiana, how he mastered the desire to become a lawyer, and to lead our nation and unite our country saving out democracy and freeing the slaves. Numerous visual aids were used to tell the story of our most beloved President. Students were attentive as they experienced History Alive and were involved with a fun filled day.
Mrs. Susan Dyer, Author of “Lincoln’s Advocate” and President of the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. shared the important history of the Holt home and how the legacy of Joseph Holt was connected to President Abraham Lincoln and the United States and how Holt’s dedication and deserving legacy makes the historic Holt home hold a special place in the JAG Corps’ history.


Students enjoyed lunch at Brigadier General Joseph Holt's home


Hardinsburg Elementary School enjoyed a living classroom experience at the Judge Joseph Holt Home on April 12, 2016.


Irvington Elementary School students learned from President Lincoln at the Holt Home on April 12, 2016!


Partnering Helps get out the word of the work behind the Holt project! And the effort that continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  

      Visit the www.jholt-houseky.org website and see how today’s historians, volunteers, and advocates are striving to make Judge Holt’s home again “The showplace of Breckinridge County.”

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