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 2020 Founders Award honoree is Martina Kunnecke. Marina has a passion for preserving Louisville's urban fabric and assisting those in the western neighborhoods for improved quality of life. She has saved many landmarks from demolition and has been involved in almost every major community issue in west Louisville.
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 2020 recipient is John David Myles for his 2019 book: "Walter H. Kiser's Neighborhood Sketches Revisited". This is John's second Samuel W. Thomas Book Award. He also received this honor in 2017 for his book "Historic Architecture of Shelby County".
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 2020 recipient is Michael O'Leary. Michael has been involved in the Clifton neighborhood since he moved within it in 1997. He has been a member of the Clifton Community Council for 23 years and President for the past 5 years. Michael helped created the Clifton preservation district in 2004 and since monitored development. He gives walking tours and very proud of the success of his 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 2020 recipient of the Klayko Award is Keith Runyon. Keith served on the editorial board of the Courier-Journal for over 30 years where he was a proponent for historic preservation and improving Louisville's quality of life. Keith also reported on local history and preservation for WFPL radio. Branden shared the same values that Keith advocated.
The Heritage Award recognizes important history contributions by an individual or group. The 2020 Heritage Award recipients are as follows:
for advocacy of Seelbach Hotel history
John Harralson, Jr.
for decades of photographing
Ewing Fahey & the ENIDS
for preserving the legacy of Enid Yandell
Immanuel Baptist Church for restoring their historic church at Fourth & Breckinridge
for restoring the historic Colonial Gardens
RLM Construction for the historic
renovation of 1411 Willow Avenue
for restoration of the historic
Fort Nelson Building and
creation of “bourbonism”
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