Harold Ledbetter was elected President, a post he held for the next five years. D. W. Dockrey was elected vice-president; Faye Cardwell, secretary and Joe Gooch, treasurer.
From this beginning the society has grown to be a leader in preserving Western Kentucky history, with an annual publication and many special publications, with over 400 members and a regular program at the monthly meetings held at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month in the Museum on Union Street.
Other Presidents of the society have been Tim Cantrell, two terms; Irene Priest, two terms; Randall Teague, one term; Donna Slaton, two terms, Charles Lowther, one term, and J. Harold Utley, who held the post from 1988 until 2010, Robert Adkins, Pres 2011-2013.
Current President is Donna F. Slaton, Vice-President Randall Teague, Secretary Becky Moore, Treasurer Margie Bowman, and board Allen Davis, Peyton Adams, Bob Winstead; directors Emeritus Bob Adkins, DW Dockrey, Jimmy Harris and Hopkins County Historian Carl Veazey.