Savannah Darr Speaks about Historic Cemeteries

Savannah Darr has quickly become one of Kentucky’s foremost authorities on historic cemeteries.  Darr, a M.A. candidate in history at the U of L, recently spoke at “Preserving Kentucky’s Cemeteries,” a symposium hosted by Preservation Kentucky, Inc., at the Kentucky African American Heritage Center in Louisville.  Savannah discussed the challenges of preserving small rural cemeteries…

A Terrific Discussion: Recapping “Public History Today.”

“Public History Today” proved a great success.  More than 50 people attended, which provided a good range of perspectives and great discussion during the question-and-answer session.  The evening began with U of L public history professors Lara Kelland and Daniel Vivian engaging in a far-reaching discussion with our featured guests, Craig Thompson Friend and John…

Kentucky ACLU Oral History Project

Public History certificate alum Mary Pace recently completed a collection of oral histories about the Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.  Mary interviewed eight persons who had experiences with the KY-ACLU from the 1970s to the present.  The project received support from the Kentucky Oral History Commission.  These interviews will be added to…

“More than Bricks and Mortar: The Sheppard Square Story”

Oral Histories Inform New Documentary Film The recent announcement that the Presbyterian Community Center in Louisville’s historic Smoketown neighborhood is closing its doors at the end of the month due to financial problems sent me back to the voices of former residents of another Smoketown institution—the now demolished Sheppard Square public housing complex. I was…

Annelise Gray Receives Historic Preservation Award from the DAR

The John Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has honored public history student Annelise Gray with its annual historic preservation award.  Annelise received the award for nominating the Jefferson Jacobs School in Prospect, Kentucky, to the National Register of Historic Places.  A rare surviving example of a Rosenwald school building, the Jacobs…