Historic House Happenings: Fall Event Calendar

Happy Hour History: Historic House Happenings took place on Thursday, August 19. The recording for this episode has been posted on our videos and recordings page! Thanks to staff from Farmington Historic Plantation, Historic Locust Grove, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, Riverside – the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and Oxmoor Farm Foundation for joining our conversation! Also thanks to mixology historian, Brian Cushing, …

Stained Glass Craft

Stained glass has been in use since ancient times: even the Egyptians and Romans made colored glass objects. Christians incorporated stained glass windows into churches all the way back to the fourth century! These beautiful windows were and are still common in many buildings: churches, homes, and public buildings such as Union Station. Louisville is fortunate to have skilled craftsmen …

Research your home from home! (Part 3)

Welcome back, historic house lovers! If you missed Part 1 (city directories) and Part 2 (maps), you can check them out at those links. Part 1 describes how to get a temporary online library card if you don’t already have one, which will be necessary for today’s topic: Courier-Journal newspaper archives! If you have a subscription to newspapers.com, you can …

Research your home from home! (Part 2)

Welcome back! If you missed the first part, read here for a tiny lesson on city directories! Today, we’re talking about MAPS. In these strange times, it’s nice to know that there is a wealth of information available online for research. You can check out one great Kentucky map collection at University of Louisville’s Digital Collections. It features 4 of …

Research your home from home! (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Part 2. Part 3. Maybe you’ve recently found yourself with some extra time lately? If you live in an historic house (or know someone who does), consider learning more about it! While many museums and local archives have resources you can peruse in person, there are also many online options to get …

#HeartBombLOU

Here at Vital Sites, we love historic buildings! Do you have a favorite gathering place in your community? What coffee shops, museums, restaurants, or stores do you love in your neighborhood? Show us all month long this February! Read more about the national heart bomb campaign and how you can participate here in Louisville!