Annual Gathering of The North/South Music Ambassadors
Stones River National Battlefield
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

October 14, 2017
10:00am - 6:00pm

Nicky Hughes retired at the end of October, 2012, after a thirty-nine year career in public history.  A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he went to work for the Kentucky Historical Society in 1973.  While there, he was curator of the Kentucky Military History Museum, curator of the Old State Capitol, and museums division manager.  Working for the Kentucky Division of Historic Properties, he helped care for Kentucky’s capitol and executive mansions.  As curator of historic sites for the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites he managed the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill Civil War site and founded the Capital City Museum.

Involved with Civil War reenacting since 1981, he served in nearly all ranks in the infantry – both Union and Confederate – and served in the artillery and medical branches as well.  In recent years, he has developed several civilian impressions.  He has been drum major and narrator for Saxton’s Cornet Band since 1989.  He managed Cornets & Cannons – The Civil War Sesquicentennial Music Festival.  Hughes was founding publisher of The Watchdog – a newsletter with the goal of improving historical accuracy in reenacting.  He was editor of Camp Chase Gazette and Civil War Historian – both national magazines for reenactors.  He has become a popular writer and lecturer about the material culture of the Civil War era.

Hughes is co-author of three photographic history books about Frankfort, Kentucky and of The Frankfort Cemetery – The Westminster Abbey of Kentucky. He is narrator for the Lexington Brass Band and other Kentucky ensembles.  He was deeply involved in the development of the Mill Springs Battlefield Museum.

The Kentucky National Guard presented Hughes a Department of Defense Commander’s Award for Public Service medal, and he received the Kentucky Historical Society’s W.R. Buster Award for his work in Kentucky military history.  His last day on the job before retirement was declared “Nicky Hughes Day” in Kentucky’s capital city.

Recently, Hughes has developed an interest in genealogy and medieval history.  He hosted the highly successful Days of Knights medieval living history events in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Nicky and Susan Hughes enjoy food, wine, travel, music, and antiques.  They have collected and driven classic and high performance Mustang automobiles.