history http://wfpl.org en Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later http://wfpl.org/post/remembering-1974-louisville-tornado-40-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not long ago I took an afternoon drive through many of the neighborhoods that were ravaged by a violent tornado on the afternoon of April 3, 1974, 40 years ago this month. My deliberate itinerary took me through a trail of tidy, in many cases elegant, neighborhoods — from the Cherokee Triangle north and east through Cochran Hill, Crescent Hill, Rolling Fields, Indian Hills and Northfield. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:37:59 +0000 Keith Runyon 9034 at http://wfpl.org Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later No, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman Didn't Plan the March to the Sea in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/no-ulysses-s-grant-and-william-tecumseh-sherman-didnt-plan-march-sea-louisville <p>At the corner of Second and Main streets in downtown Louisville, there's a historical marker honoring the old Galt House hotel* and its famous guests, among them, Union Army Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman (<a href="http://www.biography.com/imported/images/Biography/Images/Profiles/S/William-Tecumseh-Sherman-9482051-1-402.jpg ">played here by Brian Cranston</a>).</p><p>The plaque says "Sherman and Grant met here March, 1864 to plan invasion that led to the 'March to the Sea.'"</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 8874 at http://wfpl.org No, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman Didn't Plan the March to the Sea in Louisville Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club http://wfpl.org/post/conrad-caldwell-house-museum-expands-programming-exhibits-book-club <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Old Louisville’s Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is expanding its programming, hoping to attract a wider visitor base with a series of free community events.</p><p>“Some ideas are still in development,” says executive director Ally Wroblewski&nbsp;. “We are always open to new partnerships and new ideas.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8117 at http://wfpl.org Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/oral-history-bourbon-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bourbon is America's native spirit. </span><a href="http://www1.american.edu/ted/kentuckybourbon.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal law says so</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But for people in Louisville, bourbon is even closer, sentimentally and literally. The city developed quickly through the growth of the bourbon industry, and the current downtown resurgence depends largely on spirit's continued popularity.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 7702 at http://wfpl.org An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville George Washington Exhibit Coming to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/george-washington-exhibit-coming-louisville <div><p>George Washington once traded his horse for 5,000 acres of Kentucky land near present day Rough River.</p><p>The legend of the first president is coming back to Kentucky as the focus of a traveling exhibit set to open in Louisville next month at the headquarters of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:47:49 +0000 Jacob Ryan 7390 at http://wfpl.org George Washington Exhibit Coming to Louisville Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections http://wfpl.org/post/emancipation-across-river-carnegie-center-explores-new-albany-louisville-connections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A century after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate territories and states, New Albany’s Carnegie Center for Art and History explores the history of emancipation celebrations on both sides of the Ohio River with a talk by historian Pen Bogert.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:10:32 +0000 Erin Keane 5427 at http://wfpl.org Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade http://wfpl.org/post/frazier-exhibit-shows-horrors-slave-trade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Frazier History Museum opens the first exhibit to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with artifacts from an excavated slave ship. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:03:27 +0000 Erin Keane 3740 at http://wfpl.org Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade Water Museum in the Works http://wfpl.org/post/water-museum-works <p></p><p>The Louisville Water Company will begin a $2.6 million renovation project this month to restore its original Pumping Station. The white building next to the iconic Water Tower on River Road,&nbsp;now on the National Historic Registry,&nbsp;was built in 1860 to house the city's original water works steam engines that pumped water from the Ohio River.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:36:10 +0000 Erin Keane 3317 at http://wfpl.org Water Museum in the Works Historian Donates Research to U of L Archives http://wfpl.org/post/historian-donates-research-u-l-archives <p>Louisville historian Samuel W. Thomas is donating his personal collection of photos, negatives, manuscripts, audio tapes, maps and building plans to the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.</p><p>Thomas, a prolific Louisville historian, has written more than 20 books on Louisville neighborhoods, institutions and architecture.</p><p>Archives staff are currently sorting though 200 linear material, but an exhibit of notable photos is on display.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:26:28 +0000 Colleen Stewart 1712 at http://wfpl.org