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Perryville preservation director takes job in Ga.

PERRYVILLE — Chris Kolakowski, executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, will leave that non-profit organization Oct. 22 to become chief curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort McPherson, Ga.

The association is a membership organization charged with the preservation and interpretation of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and town.

Since Kolakowski became the association's executive director in November 2005, Perryville has preserved 152 acres of additional battlefield land, hosted the 2006 National Civil War Re-enactment, and embarked upon a variety of preservation, restoration, and interpretation projects at the site. In 2007, the association won the sixth annual Edwin C. Bearss Preservation Award, marking the organization as an elite preservation group in the United States.

In his new position, Kolakowski will run the Army Reserve museum and assist the historian there.

"I've always looked at myself as a historian first, and this opportunity will enable me to get back to more of a historic interpretation-centered job," he added.

The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky's largest Civil War battle, takes place Friday and Saturday.