Be Mine: Celebrating Love and Friendship in Louisville
02/07/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aliens by Marriage: Louisville Women’s Loss of Citizenship
03/05/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Women in Politics
03/06/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Museum is open from 6-8 PM during downtown Louisville's First Friday Art Walks, with a fun different historic topic to explore each time. Many of our Art Walk visitors are repeat visitors who come by to see what new topic we’re highlighting that night. Volunteers are available to give tours of all three buildings on the museum campus.
Please check the Museum calendar for specific Art Walk topics.
Brown Bag presentations are usually held on the first Thursday of each month from 12 - 1 pm in the first floor meeting room at the Louisville Public Library. Museum staff or invited guest speakers share a formal presentation or lead a discussion on a historic topic related to local Louisville history or Louisville's role in the context of broader historical themes and events.
Please check the Museum Calendar for specific Brown Bag topics and dates.
Previous Brown Bag presentations:
April 4, 2018
"Early Major League Baseball Through the Eyes of Louisville's Bert Niehoff"
March 15, 2018
"The Coal Giants: History of United Coal Company, Northern Coal Company, and Rocky Mountain Fuel Company"
Museum staff or volunteers lead small group walking tours of Louisville highlighting different aspects of Louisville history. Tours are offered from April - September of each year and are usually held on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10 am.
Registration is requested. Please check the Museum calendar for tour topics, dates, and times.
These self-guided walking and driving tours are available on-line:
National Register of Historic Places
Tour 12 Louisville buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hidden History Walking Tour
Take a tour of downtown Louisville and discover the hidden history that buildings can tell. A family activity backpack to accompany the Hidden History tour is available for checkout at the Children's Desk at the Louisville Public Library.
The History Book Club is a volunteer run discussion group that meets from 6:00 - 7:45 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month from September to May in the second floor Board Room of the Louisville Public Library. The December meeting takes place on the third Tuesday of the month.
Unlike most book clubs in which members all read the same book, the History Book Club chooses a topic for each month and participants read any books or articles that they wish on the topic. At the meetings, participants share and discuss what they learned.
Members of the public are welcome to join by attending any meeting. Check the Museum calendar for each month's topic.
The Louisville Historical Museum currently features permanent exhibits in its three historic buildings on Louisville's early history and growth from 1878 - 1955.
The main building, historically known as the Jacoe Store, features a variety of artifacts and historic photographs that reflect the settlement and industry of Louisville, such as coal mining artifacts and the 1920s-era painted theatre curtain from the Rex Theatre on Main Street.
The Tomeo House is interpreted as a coal miner’s house, with a kitchen, bedroom, and sitting room. It was the home of two of Louisville's many Italian families: the Tomeo family, then the Rossi family.
The Jordinelli House contains a six-foot by six-foot replica of original downtown Louisville, which was made by Louisville native, Dick Del Pizzo.
Lost Louisville - Explore images of Louisville buildings and businesses from Louisville's past.
Louisville's Italian Heritage - Learn about Louisville's earliest immigrants and the Society of Italian Americans.
Blast: The 1936 Monarch Mine Explosion - Read a detailed narrative by William M. Cohen of this explosion that killed eight coal miners, as well as its possible causes.