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 …

Support historic tax credits!

Our friends at Preservation Kentucky have some valuable information posted regarding House Bill 325, which seeks to improve Kentucky’s historic tax credit. Check out the benefits, goals, past projects, and sign the support petition TODAY! http://preservationkentucky.org/support-bill-hb325/

#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!

Brennan House for the Holidays!

Open only a few times a year, the Historic Brennan House will be decorated for the holidays, and we’ll have treats to share too! Please join us for an open house on any of these 3 DAYS: Fri. Nov. 29 from 6-8 PM (Stop by before Light Up Louisville!)Sat. Dec. 7 from 3-7 PM (Stop in before/after Old Louisville Home …

CNU27 is in Louisville June 11-15

Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) Comes to Louisville June 11-15 Events Free and Open to the Public The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the nation’s most prestigious organization working to build great places and walkable, vibrant neighborhoods, will host its 27th annual Congress in Louisville, Kentucky June 11-15, 2019. The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the premiere …

Tour120: Brennan House 150th Birthday!

Please join Vital Sites on Sat. May 18 & Sun. May 19 when the Brennan House is open for tours to celebrate its 150th birthday! Ticket sales will support the Brennan House Revitalization Fund. Special Appearances by: Tom Owen, Archivist University of Louisville Special Collections “A Day in the Life of The Brennans” Saturday at 1pm Hannah Stoppel, Historical Interpreter …