New National Register Listings by Public History Students
We are delighted to announce two new listings in the National Register of Historic Places by U of L public history students! On July 30, the Sadieville Historic District in Scott County was listed in the National Register. The nomination for the district was prepared by Nicole Cissell, Andrew Clark, Zac Distel, Robert Goforth, Larry Johnson, Kim Kelley, Meredith Maple, and Scott Weinhusen through their work in History 621, “Historic Preservation Fieldwork,” during the spring 2011 semester. You can read about the district and download a copy of the official nomination at http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/13000566.htm. For background on the Sadieville project, see http://bit.ly/155jKby and http://bit.ly/1d9MKll.
The Leslie V. Abbott House at 2401 Newburg Road in Louisville, Kentucky, was also listed on July 30. Annelise Gray, a former public history student who is active as a preservation consultant, prepared the nomination. The Abbott House is an important example of modern residential design in Louisville. Designed by architect Leslie Abbott as a personal residence, it exemplifies the Art Moderne thrust of the modern movement. For more information, see http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/13000558.htm
Congratulations to everyone who worked on these projects! Both are big successes for their authors and for public history program. They’re also great examples of original scholarship. Although official listing is often seen as the goal of a National Register nomination, the reality is that a nomination serves many purposes. Nominations tell histories that might otherwise go unrecorded. That’s certainly the case with the Sadieville and Abbott House nominations. Each tells an important story and shows why it matters. In this sense, they enrich our knowledge of Kentucky history and suggest promising directions for further research. Thanks to everyone who contributed to their success!