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Our Mission Statement…

The Maury County Historical Society is a non-profit society, chartered under the laws of the State of Tennessee, for the purpose of recording the history and promoting the preservation of historical properties, records, and artifacts of Maury County. The Maury County Historical Society carries out its program of activities through its duly elected officers, directors, committee chairmen, and committee members, reporting to its members by means of bi-monthly meetings, published quarterly magazine, published announcements and notices, and direct correspondence to its membership.

The Maury County Historical Society’s membership is open to all persons who have similar interests, and are welcome, indeed encouraged, to become members regardless of their residence.

(NOTE: The Maury County Historical Society does not have a genealogical researcher on staff. We are sorry that we cannot provide genealogical services or genealogical researcher assistance to our members or anyone else seeking genealogical information. See our Genealogy page for links to possible sources of genealogical support.

Contact Information

To contact the Maury County Historical Society and/or any of its officers, directors, or committee chairmen, please forward your information, queries, updates to your membership information (name corrections and/or changes, address, telephone, e-mail address, or any other associated membership information changes), or any other desired correspondence or information (unless specifically directed otherwise herein) to the Society via e-mail or U.S. Postal Service.

Maury County Historical Society

ATTN: Corresponding Secretary – (your area of interest)

P.O. Box 147

Columbia, TN 38402-0147

Officers, Directors, Committees

Officers 2018


Bobby Sands

Vice President

Eric Previti

Vice President for Publications



Larry York

Assistant Treasurer


Recording Secretary

Debbie Brasfield

Corresponding Secretary

Amy Batton

Managing Editor, Historic Maury


Board of Directors 2018

Laura Gore
Russell Hooper
Jim Stoltz
Mike Landree

James Lund

Bobbi Kaslow

Committees 2018

Awards and Scholarships Committee


  •   Michael Landree, Chair
  •   Bobbi Kaslow
  •   Russell Hooper
  •   Frank Bellamy (non-board member)
  •   Tiny Jones (non-board member)

Budget and Finance Committee

 Larry York, Chair 

 James Lund 

 James Stoltz

By-Laws Committee


Colleen Farrell, Chair

Amy Batton
Michael Landree

Communications Committee


  •   Russell Hooper, Chair
  •   Amy Batton
  •   Eric Previti
  •   Debbie Brasfield

Membership Committee


Amy Batton, Chair 

 Laura Gore 

 Michael Landree 

 Russell Hooper

Nominating Committee


Eric Previti, Chair

Amy Batton

Debbie Brasfield

Bobbi Kaslow

Tint Jones ( non board member)


  • James Lund, Chair
  •   James Stoltz
  •   Laura Gore
  •   Bobbi Kaslow
  •   Debbie Brasfield


The Maury County Historical Society was established and is maintained in accordance with the Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation Act. ARTICLE I and ARTICLE II of our bylaws are provide herewith as an introduction to the bylaws as established and approved 19 May 2013.

The complete By-Laws and Standing Rules can be viewed by clicking on the Bylaws link. You will, however, need to have a Portable Document Format (PDF) reader application installed on your system, e.g., Adobe Reader X (Windows and Mac systems), PDF Reader by Nuance (Windows systems), Foxit Reader (Windows systems), etc. to read either link’s document. The proposed amendments will be placed before the Society’s membership for a vote at the January 2012 General Membership Meeting. Location is to be announced. Members are encouraged to read the amendments and make plans to attend the January 2012 meeting so that they may vote.



The name of the organization shall be Maury County Historical Society (hereafter the Society). The principal office shall be located in Maury County, Tennessee with mailing address: Post Office Box 147, Columbia, TN 38402-0147. The Corporation shall have and continuously maintain a registered office and registered agent as required by the Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation Act. The Board of Directors may change the principal office and/or the registered agent upon majority vote of the Board.



The Society was formed in 1905 and reactivated in 1965 to preserve the history of Maury County from its origin until the present day. These objectives shall be manifest through the collection of memorabilia and other artifacts, and the publication of articles and documents of historical interest. The Society shall also record and publicize the outstanding contributions of Maury County citizens to the community, the state, and nation. The preservation and identification of sites in Maury County, which are important to its history, shall also be an objective.


Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings of the Maury County Historical Society’s Board of Directors shall be held on the first Monday in February, April, June, August, October, and December of each year, at such place and time in Maury County as may be determined by the Board of Directors. Place of meeting will be announced once a meeting facility is determined.


Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, defines genealogy as: “Genealogy (from Greek:…genea, “generation”; and…logos, “knowledge”) is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.”

     Ronald Bishop, in the Journal Of Popular Culture 2008, offers logical reasons why so many people pursue genealogical research and endeavors when he stated, “The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.” (Ronald Bishop, “In the Grand Scheme of Things: An Exploration of the Meaning of Genealogical Research,” Journal Of Popular Culture 2008 41(3): 393-412.)

     It is from an overall historical perspective that the Maury County Historical Society addresses genealogical endeavors. Its significance to the preservation of history is of fundamental importance, and we support genealogical research and documentation from our sense of historical preservation, especially all those involved in such interests and activities. Unfortunately, not having a genealogical researcher on our staff, the Maury County Historical Society is not capable of providing genealogical research and/or support other than to direct you to the following excellent genealogical informational sources: the Genealogical Society of Maury County, to include its officers and contact information (see below), and the following links to Maury County, Tennessee genealogical information–Maury County, Tennessee; Maury County Archives; and Maury County, Tennessee Genealogy.

     The Genealogical Society of Maury County is an organization focused on researching ancestry; learning about others’ research, methods and interests; and very interested in assisting others in researching their roots through various research tools, especially those available at the Maury County Archives in Columbia, Tennessee. The Genealogical Society of Maury County is interested especially in the families and in the history of Maury County, and offers a First Families of Maury County, Tennessee designation and recognition. Society members work as volunteers on various projects and collections at the Maury County Archives and participate in an oral history project.

     The Genealogical Society of Maury County meets the second Thursday of each month, except July, at 6:00 p.m. at the Maury County Senior Center, which is located in Maury County Park. The Genealogical Society may be contacted at gensocietymctn at gmail dot com. Currently, the Genealogical Society of Maury County does not have a website.