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Gifford honored with prestigious Milner Award

Previous recipients include Jesse Stuart

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has announced that James M. Gifford, CEO & Senior Editor of the JSF, is among nine recipients of the commonwealth’s arts awards in recognition of their dedication to sharing Kentucky’s rich arts history with the citizens of the commonwealth.


Dr. James Gifford with his Milner Award.

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