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Evening Workshops / Hands-On
St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor

OCTOBER 15, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Collaborating Your Research
presented by Nancy Roberson

Bring your notebook/laptop or just show up with paper and pen/pencil.
Tell your friends about these workshops. These will be especially convenient to persons who work. Everyone welcome!


NOVEMBER 19, 2014 7:00-9:00 p.m.
An EXCEL-lent Resource, Using a Spreadsheet to Organize and Analyze Genealogical Data
presented by Debra Renard

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PROGRAM FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014 , 1:00 p.m.

Haunted Houses of Louisville by Steve Wiser

'Do You Believe in Ghosts?'

Almost half of the population thinks some unexplained 'spooky' things do happen. To explore these phenomena in Louisville, architect and historian Steve Wiser has researched and recently published a book revealing some of the best known ghost-related occurrences in the metro region, featuring not only the ghosts that haunt these places, but also the history behind the locations. Even though you may not believe in ghosts, you will enjoy learning about the fascinating heritage, both the known--and unknown--of the Louisville area. (Steve will bring books; the discounted price is $15.00 including tax.)
Author Steve Wiser is a Louisville native, noted local historian and nationally-recognized architect. He has written at least nine books, dozens of articles and talked before thousands on design and history related topics. He attended St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati.
Since the late 1970s Steve has been involved in community improvement efforts in Louisville. He continues to be a leader in the Louisville Historical League and has helped save many properties from demolition, including Old Male High School, old St. Paul’s Church, Olmsted’s Shelby Park, the American Standard Manufacturing Building, and many other objects of community heritage. 

Since 2010 he has served on the 'Steering Committee' of 21st Century Parks working on its implementation and design. He is a supporter of our historic cemeteries and acts as a tour guide at Cave Hill Cemetery. Steve is an Associate and Director of Healthcare Design for JRA Architects currently working on the new healthcare center on east Broadway, the building which housed Louisville Antique Mall for a short time.
He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Reidlonn neighborhood and have two grown daughters.


History of the Belle of Louisville presented by Charles E. "Chuck" Parrish

Mr. Parrish will speak about the History of the Belle of Louisville following the showing of the DVD, "The Legendary Lady: The Story of the Belle of Louisville." This meeting will follow close on the heels of the celebration of the Belle's 100th birthday, which will occur on October 15-19, 2014. 

 Charles E. “Chuck” Parrish, a native Louisvillian, graduated from the University of Louisville with BA in history (1964) and did graduate work at UL in history. After 30 years of service, he retired January 2004 as Historian of the Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was involved in many projects related to the Ohio River. He was re-hired by the Corps 2006-2008 for special river projects.

Previous employment includes the Kentucky Heritage Commission, the Filson Historical Society, and Louisville/Jefferson County Planning Commission. His entire career has been in the field of historic preservation, historical agency management, and documentation of America’s maritime history.

While active in numerous historical organizations such as the Louisville Historical League and Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Committee, he has also been active in numerous projects, he has authored numerous articles on history of navigation development in the Ohio Valley. He has collaborated on many publications dealing with river subjects by other authors and has served as proof-reader/editor for several river-related publications. For 20 years Mr. Parrish narrated tours on riverboats in the Louisville area, including the Belle of Louisville, River Queen, Bonnie Belle, and Star of Louisville and was a guest lecturer on the Delta Queen, American Queen, and the Chattanooga Star.

Since retirement, he has been a consultant/writer/speaker on river-related history and preservation projects at numerous river venues and a guest lecturer at Bellarmine University, Louisville. He is also working as a consultant to Hanover College in Indiana and their Rivers Institute on matters of river history. He served as Chair of the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee and coordinated production of a DVD on 200 Years of Steamboating, publication of a book of essays on the same subject and giving many presentations on the history if steamboating.

Mr. Parrish is married with 2 sons, 4 granddaughters, and 1 grandson.

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Don Rightmyer will present Kentucky's Experience During the Revolutionary War. The presentation will focus on the experiences of those who were living in westernmost Virginia (present-day Kentucky) during the Revolutionary War years. Suggested list "for further reading" will be provided.

Don is the former editor of KHS's Kentucky Ancestors and presently works at the Mercer County Public Library in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He is the author of a new book, Torn: The Civil War in Kentucky (forthcoming in April 2014).

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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!