A city is its neighborhoods. Tall buildings look flashy on postcards and river-scapes are good hooks for tourism, but the true test of a vibrant settlement comes from the pulse of its villages. Although we might be smaller in scale and perhaps a bit slower-paced than some of our metropolitan cousins, Louisville loves its boroughs. We can count on Old Louisville to give us both historic charm and urban flare, Frankfort avenue a quirky, relaxed vibe, and the Highlands never fails to get us drunk (with joy!). Louisville is beautiful for its eclectic mix of natives and the strong, local loyalty we feel for our River City. Come on now, put your arms around her and give Louisville a hug!
With an eye on neighborhood pride, local historians, Sam and Deborah Thomas, are now re-issuing the highly-sought history of Louisville’s Crescent Hill. An updated version of the classic book, Crescent Hill: Its History and Resurgence, is now available for modern readers. Pairing up with Winfrey Blackburn and his recent release, Country Houses of Louisville, Carmichael’s will host a book signing with the trio celebrating the heart of what makes Louisville, Louisville.
First issued in 1978, Crescent Hill quickly sold out its first small-batch printing, and, since this inaugural launch, it has been out of print and a difficult prize to find for local lore junkies. After many years of tweaking and updating, the Thomas’ have now produced a new rendering of the classic history, complete with fresh text and photographs to reflect the changing neighborhood.
As part of the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration on Frankfort Avenue, Crescent Hill and its authors will be on hand tomorrow afternoon at 4pm to sign copies of the prized history; join Winfrey Blackburn and the two Thomases for a historical Holiday weekend and celebrate Louisville's unique past. Now on sale at Carmichael’s for $49.95, Crescent Hill: Its History and Resurgence makes a great gift for any bibliophile with neighborhood pride and a taste for history.
Carmichael’s Bookstore has two area locations 1295 Bardstown road and 2720 Frankfort Avenue
For more information, visit the event page or call the Frankfort Avenue store at 896-6950
Photo: Courtesy of Carmichael’s Bookstore website www.carmichaelsbookstore.com