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Local News
11:37 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later

Credit © The Courier-Journal

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.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

No, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman Didn't Plan the March to the Sea in Louisville

Credit Steve Wiser (used with permission)

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 (played here by Brian Cranston).

The plaque says "Sherman and Grant met here March, 1864 to plan invasion that led to the 'March to the Sea.'"

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Credit Timothy Miller

  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.

“Some ideas are still in development,” says executive director Ally Wroblewski . “We are always open to new partnerships and new ideas.”

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Food & Drink Week
10:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville

Bourbon is America's native spirit. Federal law says so. 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.

But it's been a twisted path from the first batch's debut and the latest distillery ribbon cutting. It's a story of taxes, Prohibitions, power and capitalism.

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Arts and Humanities
6:47 am
Thu October 31, 2013

George Washington Exhibit Coming to Louisville

Credit Gilbert Stuart

George Washington once traded his horse for 5,000 acres of Kentucky land near present day Rough River.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
5:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections

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.

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Arts and Humanities
5:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade

Shackles from the "Spirits of the Passage" exhibit.
Frazier History Museum

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. “Spirits of the Passage” is produced in partnership with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which performed the underwater excavation. The 4,000 square foot exhibit contains 150 historical artifacts retrieved from the wreck, as well as African art objects on loan from the Speed Art Museum and historical documents, paintings and illustrations related to the slave trade. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Water Museum in the Works

The original Water Works on River Road, after the exterior renovation in 2009.
Louisville Water Company

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, now on the National Historic Registry, was built in 1860 to house the city's original water works steam engines that pumped water from the Ohio River.

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Arts and Humanities
11:26 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Historian Donates Research to U of L Archives

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.

Thomas, a prolific Louisville historian, has written more than 20 books on Louisville neighborhoods, institutions and architecture.

Archives staff are currently sorting though 200 linear material, but an exhibit of notable photos is on display.

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