Honorary Chairs

2017 HONORARY CO-CHAIRS: Drs. Jim and Bonnie Tanner

Drs. Jim & Bonnie Tanner

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation is honored to have
Drs. Jim and Bonnie Tanner serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2017 BGT Antiques and Gardens Show. The Tanners have been interested in historic preservation, and, following their return to Kentucky, they have been active members of the BGT and the Antiques and Garden Show committee. Jim currently serves on the Blue Grass Trust Board.

Prior to moving back to Kentucky, Jim and Bonnie lived in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and were both active in the Alexandria Association. Jim worked for the Food and Drug Administration, and Bonnie worked for the Department of Agriculture. In 1999, Bonnie accepted a position with the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, and Jim retired from the FDA but still remains active in several science organizations.

Upon moving back to Kentucky, they immediately purchased a historic home, The Maples, built in 1856, in Harrodsburg, and restored it. The home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Homes, Kentucky Historic Homes, and the James Harrod Trust list of historic homes. Long time advocates for historic preservation, Jim has served on the Architectural Review Committee for several years and on the Harrodsburg First committee, while Bonnie has served on the James Harrod Trust, where both are founding members. Bonnie was also the cofounder of Kentucky Women in Agriculture and has served and volunteered on many state and local boards and organizations. Jim and Bonnie are both avid antique collectors, and Jim has an antique and collectible shop in Harrodsburg, where they live with their pups
JJ and Buddy.

Photo of Jim and Bonnie Tanner at their home by Neil Sulier.

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