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Symposium focuses on Louisville, Ohio Valley and the Civil War

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 01:12 PM

Feb. 18, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Location, location, location. A University of Louisville conference March 26-27 will examine Louisville’s important border-state role in the first two years of the Civil War.

“Louisville, the Ohio Valley and the Civil War” is sponsored by UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Arts and Culture Partnerships Initiative. The initiative is intended to bring together history, arts and cultural institutions to enhance community life.

Sessions will be in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium with Friday lunch at Speed Art Museum and dinner downtown at the Frazier International History Museum. The schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with 6 p.m. dinner and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The conference will examine topics related to Louisville’s position astride the boundary between slave and free states. Speakers from Kentucky and other states will discuss homefront life during the war, as well as Louisville’s location that made it a headquarters for logistical planning.

Lectures will include Louisville’s contribution to Civil War music, Kentucky’s Civil War role, geographical factors that made Louisville a Union logistics hub, stories of fugitive slaves; conversion of 14 Civil War hospitals, steamboat wars and the wartime exile of Jews in the Ohio River Valley.

Registration is $65 for the general public and includes Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Saturday breakfast; registration is encouraged by March 10 as seating is limited. To register, contact Janna Tajibaeva at

For more information, check or contact Peter Morrin, director of UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnerships Initiative, at 502-852-2361.

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