Named for the League's co-founders, Rev. Clyde Crews & Allan Steinberg, this award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to Louisville history over many years.
The 2019 Founders Award honoree is John Asher. John was the Vice President of Communications for Churchill Downs. He was an encyclopedia on the history of the race track and the Kentucky Derby. John was a great ambassador for horse-racing a well as Louisville. Sadly, John passed away in August of 2018 and this award is presented posthumously.
First awarded in 2013, the League recognizes an author who published a book in the previous year which continues the legacy of Sam Thomas, who wrote over 20 exceptional books on local history.
The 2019 recipients were Martin Biemer, George Yater, and James Calvert for their book "Louisville's Street Railways." Martin Biemer accepted the award for his co-authors who had previoulsy passed away.
This award is named for longtime Courier-Journal reporter Martha Elson who, over a period of 40 years, wrote thousands of articles featuring the Louisville area's neighborhoods.
The 2019 recipient is Charles 'Chip' Rogalinski. Chip has initiated numerous history-related efforts in his Shelby Park neighborhood. From installing over 5 history markers and a large banner dedicated to Hollywood legend Victor Mature who grew up in Shelby Park, Chip has brought pride and sense of community to this inner-city neighborhood.
Branden Klayko was a LHL Board member and produced the popular blog 'Broken Sidewalk'. Branden was very passionate about preservation and historical efforts. He helped save numerous buildings such as the Coleman Building at the southeast corner of Jefferson & Third, which is now part of the Marriott Hotel. Branden lost his battle with cancer in 2017.
The 2018 recipient of the Klayko Award is Doug Proffitt. Doug has been with WHAS TV 11 for over 30 years. He regularly features history and preservation news. Doug has begun a new blog similar to Branden's where he talks about current events which usually involves some aspect of Louisville history. Doug and Branden worked together on several preservation reports.
The Heritage Award recognizes important history contributions by an individual or group. The 2019 Heritage Award recipients are as follows:
J Valle Jones for her advocacy to preserve Whiskey Row.
Jeanne Burke for her leadership in preservation and interpretation of the history of Clark County, Indiana
Anne Jewel for preserving the historical legacy of the Louisville Slugger
Paul Olliges for interpreting Falls of the Ohio history
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