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              Workshops / Hands-On (For those who have to work during the day)
              St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
              3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor

              St. Matthews/Eline Public Library
                                                                         3940 Grandview Avenue, Second Floor

Bring your notebook/laptop or just show up with paper and pen/pencil.

Tell your friends about these workshops. They will be especially convenient to persons who work. Everyone welcome!


19 August 2015  "Researching Using Heritage Quest"

Presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson

Times: Day Workshop 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon Evening workshop: 7:00PM - 9:00 PM

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DNA SIG (Special Interest Group) - At Eline Library on 1st Thursdays; (6 August 2015); 10 AM - 2 PM

If you've been wanting to learn about DNA testing and how to utilize your various test results to seek out the very best matches, then this is the group for you. It is led by Deborah Lord Campisano and Debra Smith Renard and is held at the Eline Library in St. Matthews (see above) on the Second Floor. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The SIG leaders will revisit earlier training techniques and provide personal assistance to attendees in current meetings. Don't forget to bring your own lunch.

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     Regular LGS Programs are at the Latter Day Saints Church on Linn Station Road (Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 1:00 PM) 

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“History Underground: The Archealogy of Louisville” 11 Aug 2015 M. Jay Stottman

Mr. Stottman will introduce his presentation with an overview of archaeology in Louisville from prehistoric Native Americans through European settlement and development of the area. He will highlight some of the more important archaeological sites, plus sites that he has personally worked, to discover and expand the history and people of this area thus illustrating the revelations produced by digging for history.

Well-known historic properties such as Locust Grove, Farmington, and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing, will be included. Additionally, Mr. Stottman will discuss family cemeteries and Louisville’s Portland neighborhood and other interesting but perhaps lesser known historic localities.

Michael Jay Stottman is a native of Louisville where he graduated from Male High School. His BA is from the University of Louisville, MA from the University of Kentucky, and he is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky.

Jay works as a staff archaeologist at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, which is jointly administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council and the University of Kentucky. He has been a lecturer at the University of Louisville. He serves on the Metro Louisville Landmarks Commission. Jay’s specialty is historical archaeology focused on the historic period in Kentucky and public archaeology. Additionally he has worked for nearly 20 years at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing with the Building Blocks of History field trip program for schools.

1505 Highland Ave Staff Archaeologist, KY Archaeological Survey

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“Henry Clay Kentucky’s Great Statesman 1777-1852” 8 September 2015 at 1:00 p.m. 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.

Georgetown College

"Lucy Clark Croghan: Mistress of Locust Grove" 13 October 2015 at 1:00 PM presented by Mandy Dick

John and Ann Rogers Clark of Albemarle County, Virginia had ten children. Five of their sons were officers in the Revolutionary war. Two brothers died in the conflict. The remaining three moved to Kentucky, still a part of Virginia. One brother, Jonathan had a friend, Major William Croghan, who several years after the war (1789) married Jonathan’s sister, Lucy Clark. They decided to live near the town of Louisville which was founded by her brother, George Rogers Clark. The area was still quite wild and dangerous – the Indian attack on Chenoweth Station occurred just three days after their wedding. They established a home and farm just six miles from town and named their new residence Locust Grove. It became the center of a number of major events as they and the Clark brothers experienced frontier adventures and gained national fame.

Mandy Dick is an avid student of history, especially Kentucky history. She has created first-person interpretational presentations of several historical characters (including the story of her great-great-grandmother Betsy Pennington which she presented for LGS previously.) Mandy Dick is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She has worked as a director of Public Relations (Spalding University and The American Society of Transportation and Logistics), writer (published in Louisville Magazine and Louisville Encyclopedia), editor (Episcopal diocesan newspaper), teacher (English and History), receptionist/interpreter (Falls of Ohio State Park) and docent (Locust Grove). However her favorite title is “Story Teller”. For our June program she will present her interpretation of Lucy Clark Croghan’s life and the significance of Locust Grove in Kentucky history.

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"The Role of Railroads in Louisville History" 10 November 2015 at 1:00 PM; presented by Charles Buccola

Charles Buccola has had a long time interest in the role of railroads in the development of the United States. As a Louisville resident he has focused largely on railroad activity operating across the Ohio and through our city. His presentation, "The Role of Railroads in Louisville History" will provide an overview of the railroads serving the Louisville metro area. In this program he will address the genesis of today’s rail lines in the area, why rail service was significant in growth of Louisville, why railroad companies were anxious to reach Louisville and some of the significant personalities in the establishment and growth of rail service in the area.

Charles Buccola is a long-time Louisville resident and a retired purchasing manager. He has a Bachelors degree from Bellarmine University and a Masters Degree from IUPUI in Indianapolis. Although never employed by a railroad company, Charles has a lifelong interest in railroading. He is a published author and photographer with a keen appreciation of railroad history. Chairman of the Board and a volunteer at the Kentucky Railway Museum, he is actively involved in the preservation of railroad history, particularly that relating to Kentucky. He also volunteers at the University of Louisville Archive’s L&N RR Collection to assist the professional staff with responses to inquiries on railroad-related topics.

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Regular LGS Workshops

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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!