So, just how cool is Crescent Hill? Make no mistake, the popular and eclectic borough has definitely won both Louisville’s local love and literary laud. As one of Louisville’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods – that also just happens to have the added bonus of some seriously sweet independent spirit – it’s not surprising that both loyals and admirers alike share an interest. So, how cool is cool? It’s history for the hip.
We’ve introduced the local duo Sam and Debbie Thomas earlier this year, following the release of their highly-anticipated updated version of the popular neighborhood history, Crescent Hill: Its History and Resurgence. Now with a companion book, Crescent Hill Revisited, the Thomas’ will discuss the research and stories behind the dust jacket with a slide program highlighting the personal narratives of Crescent Hill natives. Drawing on a wealth of maps, newspapers, oral histories, personal diaries and photographs, the Thomas’ presentation captures a glimpse of “new urbanism” as it was first occurring in this historic Louisville locale.
With a shared passion for local history and historic preservation, the Thomas’ have contributed both words and time to maintaining Louisville’s wealthy past for posterity. Sam Thomas, the author of several other books including The Architectural History of Louisville 1778-1900, is a founder of Preservation Alliance and has made significant efforts towards many local building restoration projects. His wife, Debbie Thomas, is a former director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, as well as an associate director of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Their combined expertise has given Louisvillians many insights into histories otherwise untold.
Join them at The Filson Historical Society tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21st at 6pm and raise a glass once more to Crescent Hill and its solid place in Louisville’s historical hearts and minds.
The Filson Historical Society is located at 1310 South Third Street. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested
For more information visit the event page or call (502)635-5083
Image: Courtesy of The Filson’s website www.filsonhistorical.org