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Louisville Genealogical Society programs are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1000 South Hurstbourne Parkway (at Linn Station Road), on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Visitors are always welcome!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Annual Holiday Luncheon
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Arrive at 11:30 A.M.
Buffet at 12:00 Noon

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

“Jefferson County's Creeks and Streams” by Tom Owen

The shape of the land in any community influences development patterns, shapes avenues of commerce, and often directs where the affluent and the poor will live.  

Tom Owen’s fast-paced talk reviews Jefferson County’s major creeks and streams, explaining the role that the lay of the land has played in Louisville’s rich history.  Surprisingly, lazy creeks close to our homes take on additional meaning because they mirror a storied past.

Dr. Owen is a Professor of Libraries (Term) at the University of Louisville.  As the Archivist for Regional Collections at Archives and Special Collections, Owen works to preserve and make available records that document the University’s history, as well as the history of the Louisville area. In addition through his public history presentations, he promotes appreciation of UofL throughout Kentucky and the region. He served on the City of Louisville Board of Aldermen from 1990 through 1998 and in 2003 began service on the Louisville Metro Council, serving as President in 2009.   

Owen writes on history topics for area newspapers and magazines, and has edited microfilm publications including the Papers of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Legislative Records of the City of Louisville, and the Historical Records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.  He has written biographical sketches of the Kentucky Governors and an article on “Louisville” for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.  Tom produced a series of television sketches on local historical sites for public television and for many years produced “Sidewalks,” a weekly radio feature for WFPK-FM. Tom Owen teaches state and local history in the classroom, in talks and workshops, and on walking, bike, bus and boat tours.  He served as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has produced six videos in a series called “Tom Owen’s Louisville” on the history of neighborhood life in this region.

A native Louisvillian, Owen is married to Phyllis Ann Johnston, has a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.  He likes to fix up old houses, recycle everything he can get his hands on, promote his community, push both bicycling and public transit, eat out, have company, daydream about making things better, go to UofL sporting events, watch movies, and take vacations.

Tom was graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and holds a M.A. degree in history from the University of Louisville.  He was awarded the Ph.D. in American History in 1982 by the University of Kentucky.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

“The Role of Cave Hill in the History of Louisville” by Mike Higgs

In the mid 1800s, Louisville was becoming a major city, ranked number 14 in population (43,194) and even more significant in terms of capable local  leaders and national personalities. As the town grew, the small inner-city  cemeteries and the numerous family cemeteries on adjacent farms became  inadequate and largely surrounded by residences and commercial operations. A new plan was needed. Several notable citizens formed a corporation to purchase land and create a cemetery appropriate for a growing and changing community. The story of its improvements and the “residents” who came to rest there parallels the story of Louisville. Michael Higgs will help us explore the origin and history of Cave Hill Cemetery.

Michael Higgs is the Managing Director of the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation and the Public Relations Representative for the organization. He raises funds for the restoration of monuments and historical structures, for arboretum preservation, for educational activities and for public events which provide an awareness of the important role the cemetery has played in the increasing significance and reputation of the city. He has published articles on marketing and management techniques and has served as editor of numerous historical articles and books. He is a frequent speaker for groups and civic organizations in the region. Mike also teaches as an adjunct professor for Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

“Researching Nunnlea House” by Martha Elson

Martha will discuss her research into the history of Nunnlea House and the property surrounding it on Hurstbourne Parkway for her “Our History” column in The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times. Ms Elson has asked Kathleen Owens to join her in making this presentation. Ms. Owen is the director of the Beautification League of Louisville, which has its headquarters at Nunnlea and is responsible for maintaining the house. Kathleen will be bringing some artifacts that people would see on tour of this historic home.

Martha Elson has been a staff writer at The Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times since 1977. She has been researching and writing for the “Our History” column since January of 2014. The column runs in the Sunday paper and can be found at She is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a major in English and a minor in History. The Louisville Historical League recognized her interest in Louisville history with its 2013 “Contributions to Louisville History” award.  She is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which along with Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington are part of the newly authorized Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.

“Henry Clay Kentucky’s Great Statesman 1777-1852” by George McGee

“This program was funded in part by Kentucky Humanities Council, INC. and the National Endowment for the Humanities”

George McGee’s performance as Kentucky‘s great statesman, ’Henry Clay’. is a bit different from the typical one-person show.  He has been performing ‘Clay’ as part of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s for the past fifteen years. The past six or seven years he began to incorporate audience participation into my program. The improvisational element brings the performance event alive and immediate. The surprise of an audience member suddenly playing the part keeps all of us on our toes…and usually great fun. His program is fun, educational and serves as an introduction to one of the great Kentucky character’s of the 19th century.

Mr. McGee received his BFA in Drama from Illinois Wesleyan University. His MFA degree is in Acting and Directing from Florida Atlantic University. He has worked in theatre from Illinois (Straw Hat Dinner Theatre, the touring comedy troupe, ‘The American Dream on a Dry Run’) to Florida (The Palm Beach Children’s Theatre, the West Palm Beach Community Chorus, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, The Norton Theatre, etc.) As an actor, he has appeared in television and film: ‘Smokey & the Bandit II’, ‘Gloria Baby, Happy at Last’, ‘The Insider’ and ‘Surviving Guthrie’. Mr McGee has also appeared in regional and national commercials.

He has been the director of theatre at Georgetown College since 1984 and also taught theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic College, Palm Brach Junior College and Florida Atlantic University. His play, ‘A Fence for Martin Maher’, written with Irish playwright, John Mc Ardle, was performed across Kentucky. Their production was invited to a part of the Irish national Heritage Festival and was performed in Kilkenny County in 2009.

He averages about thirty to forty ‘Henry Clay’ performances a year: recently performed in Washington DC for. ‘A Salute to Mitch McConnell’. He will be part of the new one hour documentary on the Chautauqua program this fall. Other performances include: ‘Our Lincoln’, Singletary Hall. University of Kentucky and ‘Our Lincoln’, The Kennedy Center, February 2009.

Regular Louisville Genealogical Society meetings are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1000 South Hurstbourne Parkway (at Linn Station Road), on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1:00 P.M.  
Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.