‘Louisville Before the Civil War’ @ Ekstrom Library

May 29-30

‘Louisville Before the Civil War’
U of L Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
852-2361
$65 ($35 students)

A major reason Louisville exists is because boats couldn’t navigate the Falls of the Ohio River. That problem eventually made the area a boomtown by the 19th century. This two-day conference focuses on life in Louisville before 1860.

When asked for details about the conference, Peter Morrin of U of L’s Arts and Culture Partnerships Initiative comes back with a few questions of his own: “What was the impact of fugitive Louisville slaves on politics of both slave and free states? How did the Portland Canal transform Louisville? Who were the free African-American bandleaders who were so successful that they had to hire German violinists to augment their orchestras?”

Get the answers at the conference. —Jo Anne Triplett  

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