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CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY SOCIAL TUESDAY, December 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Bring your genealogical or craft projects, family treasures, or historical memorabilia and contribute to the SHOW & SHARE.
Last year we had quilts, military memories, Christmas tree with family pictures, genealogical books, family keepsakes and crafts. Reserve a display table by emailing Betty Graham email@example.com .
We will gather in the meeting room for the installation of officers and announcements then adjourn to the gym for the displays. Refreshments will be served from kitchen with all seating in the gym.
PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
A Tale of Three Bridges relates the building of Louisville’s Fourteenth Street Bridge and the other two Ohio River railroad bridges at Louisville, the personalities involved and the subsequent changes to this city and the state of Kentucky including their current legacy.
With the opening of the Fourteenth Street Bridge on February 18, 1870, Louisville really became the “Gateway to the South”. Built by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in partnership with the Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary--the Jeffersonville Madison and Indianapolis--the new bridge was billed as the “the first and only connecting link between the great railway systems of the North and the South.” The new bridge gained Louisville direct access by rail to the markets in the Midwest and East. In the words of revered historian George Yater, “Along 14th Street the shriek of the locomotive and the thumpity-thump of car wheels gave audible evidence that the railroad networks of North and South have at last been linked by the new bridge across the river and that 14th Street, an unlikely candidate, is on its way to becoming a more important thoroughfare for the nation than the mighty Ohio.” Louisville Magazine, January 1974.
In 1886 the Fourteenth Street Bridge was followed by the Kentucky & Indiana Bridge (K&I) connecting Louisville and New Albany and eventually St. Louis and Chattanooga. The third and last bridge, The Big Four Bridge, was completed in 1895. Owned by the Big Four Railroad, a subsidiary of the New York Central--the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis--it was the most costly at least in human life. Two catastrophic accidents took the lives of thirty-three workers in the construction of this bridge.
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Bob Dawson, a Louisville resident now retired from the Louisville Gas and Electric Co., has always been fascinated with local history as well as being a railroad buff. He is a member of the Louisville Historical League, National Railroad Historical Society, and the National Model Railroad Association.
PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Southern Exposition presented by Margaret Young
Margaret Elaine Welch Young was born and raised in Louisville, graduating from Kentucky Country Day School, and Transylvania University with a degree in Humanities.
She has been married for over 35 years to Robert Young and has 2 children. She and her husband lived in South Florida for 21 years, and moved back to Louisville in 2001. A Banker for 12 years, Margaret now works as Office Manager for Robert Allen Young CPA.
Margaret recently stepped down as President of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, and currently manages the Special Exhibitions for the Museum. She is the great-grand-daughter of William & Elaine Caldwell, the second owners of the Conrad-Caldwell House, and loves to share stories about her family and their 35 years in the House.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a 501(c)3 foundation created in 1987. Located at 1402 St. James Court, in the center of Old Louisville, it is the masterpiece of Richardsonian-Romanesque architecture designed by Arthur Loomis and completed in 1895 for Theophile and Maria Conrad.
The Southern Exposition was a “World’s Fair” held in Louisville, KY, originally designed to last only 100 days in 1883. It was so successful that the city leaders decided to do it again, and again, for a total of five seasons from 1883 – 1887.
The Southern Exposition brought the best of mechanical and industrial developments, as well as top musicians, theater groups, operas, & artwork to the city, with almost everything for sale. It showcased technological wonders such as Thomas Edison’s Light Bulb, and therefore was the first exposition to be open at night. President Chester Arthur arrived and opened the Exposition himself. The city’s residents thrived on the cultural atmosphere. The city flourished during this period, especially the area known as Old Louisville, whose development was triggered by the proximity to the Fairgrounds.
The public image and the culture of the city were forever changed. Louisville became a destination, and is still known for having a tremendous appreciation for and support of the Arts Community. All this stems from the exposure provided in the 1880’s by the Southern Exposition!
Margaret Young will bring some items from the Southern Exposition, and show images that will explain the wonder of the Southern Exposition and its importance in the development of Louisville. She has become well versed in this subject since the Museum is situated on the location of the Southern Exposition, and a regular topic for discussion at the Museum. In addition, she curated a recent Special Exhibit called “Louisville’s World Fair: the Great Southern Exposition,” which featured the largest collection of items from the Southern Exposition on display this century.
PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Digging up the Past presented by Anne Bader
Anne Bader has nearly 40 years of experience in archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. She has served as Principal Investigator for the full range of archaeological examinations for private and public sectors. Ms. Bader is frequently called to serve as archaeologist for projects conducted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. In 2006, She established a small business, Corn Island Archaeology LLC. to fill a niche providing quality and cost-effective services to local and regional clientele in the Falls of the Ohio River area of north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana and has now expanded its reach in that area plus Ohio and West Virginia. Ms. Bader is committed to public archaeology and education. In 2002, she formed the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society (FOAS), an award-winning professional/amateur/student alliance that has attracted interested membership from three states. In 2004, she received the Indiana Archaeology Award.
For our March 11th meeting, Anne Bader will review several archeological digs she has supervised in the Kentuckiana area. She will cover the purpose of the research and share a number of the cultural findings and artifacts. Families and notable residents associated with some of these sites will be identified and discussed.
Site Investigation conducted by Corn Island Archeology at the Jonathan P. Estill Homeplace, Madison County, Kentucky.
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WORKSHOP JANUARY 28, 2014
Show & Tell Search your attic and bring your treasures to the meeting. Share your stories.
WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 25, 2014
"How Do You Know That? Documenting Your Ancestry" presented by Betty Darnell. You may not be interested in preparing your papers for admission to a lineage society, buy you'll still want to acquire and file or digitize the documentation on your ancestors.
All regular meetings are at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the corner of Linn Station Road and Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.
Visitors are always welcome!