Mark Trier, FAIA,
Mill Springs Battlefield Museum | Nancy, Kentucky
The Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum was established with the purpose of acquiring and distributing knowledge, and to preserve and exhibit objects, illustrating the importance of the Battle of Mill Springs. JRA Architects worked closely with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Mill Springs Battlefield Association to effectively connect visitors to this historic place, and to the individuals who fought in the battle.
The Center - located on land adjacent to the National Cemetery where the dead from this battle and other veterans from subsequent wars are buried - interprets, preserves, and honors the events and people associated with the battle by increasing appreciation of its impact on the community, the Commonwealth, and the American Civil War. Visitors are able to take advantage of views of both the battlefield and the cemetery while interactive, multi-layered exhibits recreate the conditions and experiences of the battle, giving visitors the tools to imagine the events of that day. A community center, archive, library and public programs augment the core story, engaging hearts and minds of all ages.
JRA enjoys a deep legacy of creating meaningful architecture across Kentucky, and opportunities to preserve and illuminate historic events that helped weave the fabric of our nation serve as continual points of inspiration.