When members of the Nicholas County Historical Society gathered recently at her home, Joan W. Conley thought it was for a finance meeting.
Instead, the board members announced to the longtime president of the society that they were recognizing here by naming the museum portion of the Neal Building in her honor. When completed, the section will be known as the Joan Weissinger Conley Museum.
The letter presented to her by the board notes, in part, that the the tribute and honor extended recognizes her years of dedicated service to the historical society since its formation. She was commended for fostering a better understanding of our county history through the History of Nicholas County and in countless other ways.
Joan Conley was one of the original founders of the Nicholas County Historical Society, which was formed in 1974, following the celebration of the countys 175th year. She authored the History of Nicholas County and has been instrumental in the societys programs since its founding.
The Joan Weissinger Conley Museum will be located in the right (or lower) section of the first floor of the Neal Building on Carlisles Main Street. The historical society plans to move its artifacts, along with its genealogical resources, into the new museum from their current location in the old L&N Passenger Depot on Market Street.
The museum will adjoin a visitors center, which will offer a focus for visitors to the community.
Plans also call for restoration of the upstairs Mozart Hall to serve as a place for meetings and for the performing arts.
Joan W. Conley is the wife of Joseph H. (Jock) Conley and the mother of three children and four grandchildren. A native of Lexington, she has been a longtime resident and avid booster of Carlisle and Nicholas County.