2019 LHL MOnthly programs


Information on LHL Programs


The Legue holds at least 9 monthly events each year, and usually more than 9.  THe meetings are typically held on the 3rd Sunday of each month but due vary such as June where it is held on the 4th Sunday to avoid Father's Day on the 3rd Sunday of June. No meetings are held in January, February or July. But, this also varies depending on special events in these months. 

Meetings are free for LHL members. Guests are invited and some events require a $10 fee for guests to attend where seating is limited. 

Meeting topics and locations do sometimes change and therefore the League always sends out a post card a few weeks prior to the event that verifies the topic, location, and time. Thus, we encourage everyone to pay attention to the post card announcements. If you do not receive a post card, please email the League at LouHist@Hotmail.com

February 17, 2019, Sunday, 2 pm, Broadway Temple AME Zion: Samuel Plato Historic Marker & Talk

 Samuel Plato was an African American architect who practiced in mid-1900s in Louisville but built projects throughout the eastern U S.  A historic marker will be dedicated on Sunday, February 17th, 2 pm at Broadway Temple AME Zion Church, Broadway & 13th Street, with a talk on his career following in the church by Steve Wiser, FAIA, Martina Kunnecke, and Darnell Farris.  

March 17, 2019, Sunday, 2 pm, St. Brigid Catholic Church, Baxter & Hepburn: LHL Annual Meeting

The League's Annual meeting where we will recognize individuals and groups for their history efforts in 2018, as well as annouce our 2019 monthly programs. We also will review our 2018 events and achievements. 

April 7, 2019, 2 pm, 926 S. Sixth Street & Simmons College: Parrish / Seelbach Historic Marker

The League will help dedicate a historic marker for Charles Parrish, Sr., (noted African American educator) and Louis Seelbach (co-owner of the Seelbach Hotel (with his brother Otto). The marker event will be at the former residence for Parrish / Seelbach, and a reception afterwards will be hled at Simmons Collge Administration Building at southwest corner of 4th & Kentucky. 

April 28, 2019, 2 pm, Conrad Caldwell House, 1402 St James Ct: Bryan Bush will talk on his new book

Historian Bryan Bush will give a talk on his new book "The Men Who Built the City of Progress: Louisville During the Gilded Age".  Note: guest fee of $5 will be charged at this event. 

May 19th, Sunday, 2 pm: Preservation Kentucky event. TBD

Details of this event will be posted once logistics have been established. Watch for post card with more info. 


June 23, 2019, Sunday, 2 pm, Farnsley Moremen House: Ice Cream Social

This is the League's annual Ice Social with refreshments of lemonade and ice cream. It will be held at the historic Farnsley Moremen House, 7410 Moorman Road in southwest Jefferson County.  Note: guest fee of $10 will be charged at this event.  

July: No Meeting

August 18, Sunday, 2 pm, Old Louisville Visitor Center in Central Park, near Magnolia & St. James Ct

Historian Marty Biemer will talk on his new book 'Louisville's Street Railways'. He'll review the history of trolleys, streetcars, and other related infrastructure of this once vibrant transportation system in the city. Location of this event is still being determined.  Note: guest fee of $5 will be charged at this event.  

September22nd, Sunday, 2 pm, Neighborhood Walking Tour: downtown Jeffersonville, In.

This will be a walking tour of the dowtown Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Clark County historian Jeanne Burke will lead the tour which will begin at the River Overlook at the south end of Spring Street

October 20th, Sunday, 2 pm, New Albany's Fairview Cemetery

This year's cemetery tour will take us across the Ohio River to New Albany's Fairview Cemetery at 800 East Sixth Street.  Note: guest fee of $5 will be charged at this event.  

November 17, Sunday, 2 pm, Fenwick Lecture: Details TBD

Details of this year's Fenwick Lecuture have not yet been determined. Scroll down this webpage to read more about the history of the Fenwick Series.


December 1, Sunday, 2 pm, Peterson Dumesnil House: Details TBD

 This is the League's end of the year program at our headquarters, the Peterson Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, in Crescent Hill. Info on this program will be announced later this year.  

Scroll Down to Read More on the Fenwick Lecture Series

 Note: Programs are subject to change. Watch for monthly post card that will provide final event logistics.  

Fenwick Lecture Series


Jason Fenwick

Each November, the Louisville Historical League is proud to host the Fenwick Lecture series, which has been presented since 2003. 

Jason McCool Fenwick, in whose memory this annual lecture is held, died in March of 2000, at the age of 53. Jason was a native of Kosciusko Mississippi. The Commonwealth of Kentucky was his adopted state.

After receiving a BA in Anthropology from the University of Mississippi in 1970, he attended the University of Kentucky, where he was awarded an MA in Anthropology. 

Early professional pursuits included fieldwork in archaeology in both Mississippi and in England. While employed by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works in Great Britain, he worked on archaeological restoration projects as diverse as Iron Age hill forts, Roman villages, and Medieval buildings. 

In 1977, Jason returned to the United States and joined the staff of the KY Heritage Commission, now known as the KY Heritage Council, as staff archaeologist.

As the years progressed, Jason became increasingly interested in the restoration of historic structures. From 1981 to 1983, Jason served as state curator and coordinated the restoration and rehabilitation of the KY Executive Mansion for Governor John Y. Brown and First Lady Phyllis George Brown. Jason relished all of the detailed work it took to restore this Kentucky landmark.

When Jason died in 2000, after a short but valiant battle with liver disease, he was working for the National Parks Service in Washington D.C., where he worked with the historic tax credit program as an architectural historian.

Jason was a remarkable individual, known equally as much for his impeccable taste, love of champagne, great Christmas parties and for his wonderful collection of Kentucky art. He was also known to be opinionated, cantankerous and a bit cranky, especially when someone dared to violate the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

He certainly had an uncanny ability to reinvent himself: after all, Jason started his professional career as a pre-historic archeologist but went on to become a self-taught architectural historian. Jason’s memory is honored every year through the Jason M. Fenwick Lecture in Historic Preservation.

Previous Fenwick Series Lectures

2018  Charles Cash, Vital Sites Historic Preservation, Downtown Library

2017  Scott Erbes, Curator, Decorative Arts & Design at Speed Museum: “Art & Mystery of Kentucky Antiques”  at Calvary Episcopal Church, 821 S. Fourth Street

2018  Tom Owen, Ph D: "Taking Stock: Forty-one Years as a Local History Practitioner" at 

J B Speed Art Museum 

2015  Janie Rice-Brother: “From the Bluegrass to Britain and Back Again: Lessons of the English  Country 

House” at Chao Auditorium 

2014 Carolyn Brooks: “Distillery History of Louisville” at Brown Forman Distillery 

2013   Daniel Vivian, Assistant Professor of History: “Rethinking Historic Preservation for a New Age” at the old Marcus Lindsey church

2012  Daniel Carey, Executive Director of Historic Savannah Foundation: “ Historic Preservation in the 21st  Century:  Not Your Grandmother’s Movement (…but maybe it should be)” at Gardencourt

2011:  Mark Hewitt, FAIA: "Preserving the Country House for the 21st Century" at Gardencourt

2010:  Sam Thomas and Gwynne Potts: Interior restoration of historic Locust Grove

2009:  Donovan Rypkema: “Historic Preservation: The Core of Sustainable Development” at Glassworks

2008: Jay Stottman: “Privy to History: Public Health and Sanitation of Louisville” at the old Medical School, First and Chestnut Streets

2007:  Winfrey Blackburn and R. Scott Gill: “The Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon” at Gardencourt  

2006:  Rex Lyons on “Historic Interiors” at the Henry Clay

2005: Ken Von Roenn, Architect and Stained Glass Sculptor at Calvary Episcopal Church 

2004:  Prof. Patrick Snadon on "Kentucky's Contribution to Neo-

classical Interiors in America" at the Scottish Rite Temple

2002: Historic Interior panel discussion at Speed Art Museum