100 Years of Helping Kids: Louisville’s Cabbage Patch Settlement House

To many people, the image of a settlement house is a black and white photo of an imposing building, in a poor neighborhood, at sometime in the early 20th century. Well, you would be right and wrong. Settlement houses got their start in the late 19th century and some are still going strong. Louisville’s Cabbage Patch Settlement House is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and it’s anything but a dreary building in an old photo. The Patch, as it’s known, is still providing opportunity, stability, and fun to the children and families of Louisville. Join us on Thursday when we learn more about the Patch.   Listen to the Show

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Louisville's French History

The pronunciation of our city’s name is a sure-fire way to tell a native from a noob. But there’s a reason it isn’t Lewis-ville: because the S isn’t pronounced in King Louis XVI. The earliest Louisvillians came from everywhere, it seems – many of them from France. This Bastille Day we’ll tip our chapeaus and raise a glass of Bordeaux to Louisville’s French history.  Photo by rreihm  Listen to the Show

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History of Louisville's Waterfront

Have you lived in Louisville long enough to remember the huge mound of sand on the waterfront? Or maybe you think we’ve always had the park? Louisville’s waterfront has seen many changes since 1778 when George Rogers Clark and party landed on Corn Island. Join us on Monday when we learn more about our waterfront’s history and future; and join us with your questions.   Photo by Donald Vish  Listen to the Show

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Memories of Fontaine Ferry

Ask any Louisville native in their 40s or older about Fontaine Ferry Park, and their eyes may light up as they recount summer days spent at the skating rink or on the carousel. The 64-acre West Louisville amusement park is now the subject of an exhibit at the Frazier International History Museum. But there are less idyllic parts of this Louisville story; African-Americans weren’t admitted to Fontaine Ferry until 1964 – and then only after years of protesting and picketing by people both for and against integrating the park. A spree of vandalism and attacks against workers on opening day, 1969, closed the park that had been open since 1905. Listen to the Show

Remembering Louisville's Legends & Landmarks

Here in Louisville, we’re famous for giving directions based on buildings and landmarks that are no longer there. Tell the truth: when’s the last time you told someone to meet you at the restaurant “by the old Sears building?” It shouldn’t be surprising that some things are hard to let go; Louisville’s history is rich with architecture, industry, and unforgettable characters. We’ll talk about that history this Wednesday, on a show about some of Louisville’s lost legends and landmarks. Listen to the Show

35 Years Since the 1974 Tornadoes

It’s one of those where-were-you-when-it-happened moments. Throughout the afternoon and evening of April 3, a super outbreak of 148 tornadoes tore through 13 states and as far north as Ontario, Canada. The twister that touched down in Louisville destroyed part of the fairgrounds, injured 207 people, destroyed or damaged thousands of others. On the eve of the storm’s 35th anniversary, we’ll look back at that day with journalist Glen Bastin and meteorologist Tom Wills, who covered the tornado as it happened. Listen to the Show

Life in the Old Neighborhood

Prior to WWII, neighborhoods were almost small cities unto themselves. There was the ice man, the milk man and the coal truck. The corner store, and the corner tavern were both down the side walk, and movies cost a dime; but there was also segregation by color and limited opportunities for African-Americans and women. After WWII, with societal pressures and technological advances, neighborhoods began to change. Listen to the Show