Cucumbers & Cream Cheese, oh my!

Spring has sprung! Not only are the flowers in full bloom and the weather is warm, but it is Derby week here in Louisville. Those who work with me know that while I am not a native Kentuckian I have fallen in love with this wonderful Kentucky tradition. The fanciful hats; the glorious golden elixir, Bourbon, mixed with a sprig […]

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Why the Lewis and Clark Bridge?

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of insiderlouisville.com

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of bridgehunter.com and insiderlouisville.com  Most people think of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an event in the history of the American West; up the Missouri, across the mountains, down the Columbia to the Pacific, and back again. That’s the western legacy of the epic […]

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To The Halls of Montezuma: A Kentuckian in Mexico

By James M. Prichard, Manuscript Cataloger   The outbreak of the Mexican War found Simon Bolivar Buckner serving as a young second lieutenant in the 2nd United States Infantry. A recent graduate of West Point, the future Confederate general and Kentucky governor was detailed as assistant instructor of Geography, History, and Ethics at the Academy. When war came in the spring […]

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Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome, a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel and Sturtevant House, New York City; Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs; Occidental Hotel, San Francisco and Leland Hotel, Springfield), was himself employed […]

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Summoning Spring: Transporting Ourselves to Warmer Weather through the Records of Anne Bruce Haldeman

[Transcription of the above] Notes: The garden has been designed to create a picture as well as to provide a place for cutting. The outer borders form a frame work of perennials, whereas the inner beds (after the tulip display) are intended for annuals, so planned as to give color and flowers for cutting throughout the season. Fill in spaces in […]

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Eloquence is Power: Tom Marshall of Kentucky

By James Prichard In today’s world of speechwriters, sound-bites and teleprompters, it seems traditional oratory is a dying art. Yet for most of the nation’s history, public speaking was widely regarded as a form of mass entertainment and a key to political prominence. “Eloquence,” as John Quincy Adams once wrote, “is power.” During the golden age of American oratory statesmen […]

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Lincoln in Kentucky

“First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet” A. H. Ritchie, Engraver Ca. 1866, Mezzotint This print is based on the 1864 F. B. Carpenter painting of Lincoln reading his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet in the White House on July 22, 1862. Everyone in Kentucky is looking forward to Lincoln, the Stephen Spielberg moving starring […]

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Louisville’s Rich Baseball History

This past week, as the weather took a turn for the warmer, it reminded me that spring will be upon us in a few short months.  With the entrance of spring comes a re-emergence of a different kind, the start of the baseball season with spring training.  Louisville may not be a spring training site, but in the history of […]

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Jonathan Clark – A Witness to History

Jonathan Clark, of the famous Clark family, passed away on November 25, 1811 – 200 years ago this month. Born in August 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia, Clark was the oldest of the ten children of John and Ann Rogers Clark. Two of his younger brothers – George Rogers and William – achieved great fame; George for his exploits in Kentucky […]

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Jug Band Music Is Making a Comeback

One of my first assignments as Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator was to research the history of jug bands. Jug Bands? Musical groups whose sound revolved around whiskey jugs? My personal experience with jug band music consisted of Brisco Darling and his family band on reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. I certainly hadn’t heard of a resurgence of jug […]

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