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

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

JANUARY 21, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Armchair Genealogy- Using the Internet to Research Your Family” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson. Internet access available for notebook or laptop.

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!


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“FamilySearch and How to Build Your Tree” presented by Nancy Simmons Roberson.

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“Jeffersonville and Clark Co. in the Civil War” presented by Dr. Carl E. Kramer

During the past 150 years, historians of various persuasions have produced thousands of books about the Civil War. Most address key military, political, and economic events and important figures on both sides of the conflict. Largely overlooked until quite recently was the war’s impact upon the lives of ordinary people and the communities where they lived, especially those far removed from southern battlefields and the national capital. In this lecture, distilled from his book This Place We Call Home: A History of Clark County, Indiana, published by Indiana University Press in 2007, Carl Kramer highlights his community’s perspective on and reaction to the outbreak of the war, the mobilization of troops for state and federal service, and the roles of local farmers, business, and industry in the Union war effort. He explains the involvement of local facilities such as Camp Joe Holt, the U. S. Quartermaster Depot, the Howard Ship Yards, and Jefferson General Hospital; recounts Clark County’s brief encounter with a diversionary maneuver of General John Hunt Morgan’s raid through southeast Indiana; summarizes the community’s response to the influx of African American refugees escaping the bonds of slavery; and concludes with a summary of the Civil War’s long-term impacts on Jeffersonville and Clark County.

Dr. Carl E. Kramer is founder and vice president of Kramer Associates, Inc., a Jeffersonville public history consulting firm, and the recently retired director of the Institute for Local and Oral History and adjunct assistant professor of history at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, where he taught for 35 years. He continues to direct the IU Southeast Lewis and Clark Institute, which established the campus as a leading center of pedagogy related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Dr. Kramer is the author of This Place We Call Home: A History of Clark County, Indiana; Capital on the Kentucky: A 200-Year History of Frankfort and Franklin County; The Corps of Discovery and the Falls of the Ohio; Visionaries, Adventurers, and Builders: Historical Highlights of the Falls of the Ohio, and seven other books, most related to the history of the metropolitan Louisville-Southern Indiana region. He also has written scores of professional articles, book reviews, and other historical publications, including 30 articles in the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He is currently writing a history of American Commercial Lines.

Dr. Kramer recently completed a three-year term on the board of directors of the Urban History Association, an international professional organization of urban historians. He has served on the Publications Advisory Boards of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society and the former Filson Historical Quarterly and has served on award juries for the Urban History Association, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, the Filson Historical Society, and the Kentucky Historical Society. Dr. Kramer is a member of the board of directors of the Clark County Museum and the Indiana Lewis and Clark Foundation and the advisory board of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation. He received his Ph.D. degree in American history, with a specialization in urban history, from the University of Toledo in 1980. He earned his a BA in history and political science from Anderson University in 1968, an MA in urban education from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1970, and an MS in community development from the University of Louisville in 1972. Last December he received the Indiana Historical Society’s 2012 prestigious Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award in recognition for his scholarship on the Indiana history, and he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mitch Mike Pence his contributions to historical scholarship and teaching.


To be announced


"Rob Morris; Opening Doors for Women presented by Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss

As Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society, Nancy Theiss has a keen interest in researching those whose lives intersect with county history and events of the past. You may have read one or more of her frequent articles in the Courier-Journal reporting some of those findings. One fascinating subject  for her has been Rob Morris who was born in New York but spent his later years in Oldham County and he is buried there. Even though he was an outstanding leader of a beneficent organization that only admitted men to membership, he was instrumental in creating an auxiliary that in some ways outdid the outstanding work of the original male club.  The participation of thousands of women in the organization has given them management experience and provided skills that enable leadership opportunities in other avenues of their lives. Dr Theiss has written a book on the life of Rob Morris A Place in the Lodge: A Biography of Freemason Dr. Rob Morris (1818-1888). Her topic today will be “Rob Morris; Opening Opportunity for Women”.

   Dr. Nancy Theiss is a native of Oldham County who has made significant contribution to her county and state in the varied roles of scientist, educator, community activist, administrator, historian and columnist. She has served as Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society since 2004, She  earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Louisville, M.A. in Environmental Education from Murray State University and Ph.D. from University of Louisville. 

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Andy Harpole and Savannah Darr with Friends of Eastern Cemetery will present some interesting and educational information about stone preservation and other facts about cemeteries.

Andy Harpole is a native Kentuckian having grown up in Louisville. Andy developed an affinity for cemeteries and the history they carried with them at an early age. He has an extensive background in restoration, which includes cars, boats and metal work. With passion and a commitment to public service, Andy founded the Friends of Eastern Cemetery volunteer group in March 2013. FOEC is currently the largest historic cemetery restoration platform in the state of Kentucky. Because of the success of FOEC, Andy is now consulting with groups in Kentucky as well as several other states all interested in forming similar cemetery restoration programs in their area.

Savannah Darr has more than seven years of experience in cultural resources management and historic preservation throughout Kentucky and various other states. She is responsible for historic research needed for cultural resource reports. Ms. Darr also works as an architectural historian conducting historic building surveys, writing building descriptions, and assessing the NRHP eligibility of those buildings. Ms. Darr has authored or co-authored numerous architectural assessments technical reports as well as archaeological technical reports in which she interprets historic documentation. Ms. Darr received a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Louisville, with a focus on historic preservation and cemetery preservation. During graduate school, Ms. Darr worked with the Metro Louisville Planning and Design Services on National Register of Historic Places nominations for historic properties, districts, and landscapes including Section 106 architectural assessments, evaluations, and research. Ms. Darr currently serves on the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission where she helps assess the historic integrity of properties and facilitate preservation efforts in the city. In early 2014 Ms. Darr also joined the Friends of Eastern Cemetery team and is helping train new recruits, coordinate fundraising events and working on the actual “hands on” monument cleaning and restoration.

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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!