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Cool history events this week — July 19, 2017

All In! Louisville and the Great War exhibit at University of Louisville Archive and Special Collections.

On this site, I get a lot of my historical photos from the University of Louisville’s Archives and Special Collections. It’s a rich source of free information, and the photos are such an interesting window into the past.

The archives also have a small exhibition area where they have shows. The current exhibit celebrates Louisville’s contribution to World War I.: “All In! Louisville and the Great War.”

From the website:

“When the United States entered World War I, the people of Louisville were eager to play their part. Whether serving overseas, working at Camp Taylor, or conserving food for the war effort, Louisvillians were ‘all in.’

“One hundred years later Archives and Special Collections recognizes their work with “‘All In!’ Louisville and the Great War,” an exhibition of vintage photographs, war posters, documents and artifacts from its collections.”

The show is only going on until Aug. 1 in the basement of Ekstrom Library.

Hunger games

The Frazier History Museum is hosting the Hunger Games Exhibition for those fans of Katniss Everdeen and friends.

From the website:


“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created in the films. More than one thousand authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives, and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought the incredible story to life. Visitors follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay. The exhibition features seven galleries including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey.

“Highlights include iconic costumes from the films, such as the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor; key artifacts including the Mockingjay pin, Cinna’s sketchbook and Katniss’s bow; and interactives, including an exploratory map of Panem, a gamemaker’s control table, and a stunt choreography interactive.”

The exhibit will be in place until Sept. 10. Tickets are available at The Frazier History Museum website.


I’ve never read the books or seen the movies, so The Hunger Games doesn’t excite me. What is exciting to me, is the other exhibit running at the Frazier, “Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition in Kentucky.” The exhibit has been open since last October, and it is scheduled to run through the end of this year. I need to get out there.

From the website:


Not my favorite era in Constitutional history, but definitely in fashion!

“With the crack of a hammer on a barrel top and a splash of golden amber “bourbon” hitting the ground, a new exhibit entitled Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky opened shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Frazier History Museum.

“Instead of cutting the traditional ribbon, Frazier President & CEO, Penny Peavler, officially opened the exhibition by breaking open the top of a bourbon barrel and pouring its contents onto the sidewalk such as was done more than nine decades ago. Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, and Louisville Metro Council President David Tandy, helped in the handling of the barrel for the pour.

“Prohibition and Kentucky brings the 1920s to life and shows how millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans chose to violate the national alcohol ban to quench the country’s thirst for illegal booze. With two full-sized bars, an event-ready Speakeasy with a lighted stage and flapper dresses around every corner, Prohibition and Kentucky stands ready for a party. In 1920, you needed a doctor’s prescription or a Speakeasy password to get your lips on some liquor. Today, both the great stories, and the spirits, are much easier to come by.

“Prohibition and Kentucky traces the rise of the temperance movement, organized crime and the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933, taking an in-depth look at America’s ‘Noble Experiment.’ The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) is the title sponsor for the exhibition, scheduled to run through 2017.

Who wants to go with me?

  2017  /  history events, Kentucky history, Louisville history, Uncategorized  /  Last Updated July 20, 2017 by  / 
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