Afternoon Lecture Series

The Afternoon Lecture Series is held at Locust Grove on the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of January and May. This series features presenters from around the region speaking on topics related to the lives of the Croghans, Clarks, and the history of Kentucky. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Locust Grove members. Reservations are not required.

Recordings of past lectures may be accessed below.

April 4, 2018

Steve Wiser: Louisville Then And Now

Architect Steve Wiser presents images of how Louisville appeared over the past 100 years as compared to what these same locations look like today, offering a fascinating juxtaposition of how the streetscapes and culture have changed.

March 7, 2018

Joy Gleason Carew: Upstairs/Downstairs at Locust Grove: A Reconsideration of Women’s (and Girls’) Work

Many times, when visiting historic homes from the 18th and early 19th Centuries, we are told to envision the lives of the people who lived in these rooms by taking cues from their portraits, diaries and letters. We compare them with other period houses, noting the design of their living spaces, their clothes and even the type of wallpaper they used. But, while these portraits and other materials give us glimpses into these lives, they often tell us very little about the lives of the many others whose service was invaluable to the functioning of these homes. This talk, coming in Women’s History Month, will help us enter the lives of some of the women of Locust Grove: Lucy Croghan and her daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, as well as peek into the lives of several enslaved women and children who lived here with them and other family members. Dr. Joy Gleason Carew is Professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.


February 7, 2018

Chris Goodlett: “Let Louisville Have Her Derby Day”: Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. and the Early History of the Kentucky Derby

Run at Churchill Downs in Louisville annually since 1875, the Kentucky Derby is an iconic international sporting and cultural event. An estimated 10,000 spectators gathered at the track for the inaugural running and the Daily Louisville Commercial opined that the Derby “…is destined to become the great race of this country, and it has been suggested that “Derby Day” be observed as a holiday.” In this presentation, Chris Goodlett, the Director of Curatorial and Educational Affairs at the Kentucky Derby Museum, focuses on the creation and early history of the Kentucky Derby and the role of track founder Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark. Despite the initial enthusiasm for the race, it faced many challenges during its first 25 years. How track management dealt with these challenges and the impact on Clark’s legacy are among the focal points of the program.

October 4, 2017

Jim Holmberg: The Clarks of Kentucky

Few families loom so large in Kentucky’s pioneer history as the Clarks. Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark is famous, as is his brother, explorer William Clark. But there were other immediate Clark family members – eight other siblings who contributed in various ways to not only Kentucky’s but the nation’s history. Referring to them as the “patriotic Clarks” wouldn’t be amiss. From their deep roots in Virginia, the family of John and Ann Rogers Clark went west to Kentucky and made their mark. In this lecture, Jim Holmberg will discuss the John and Ann Clark family, from the famous Hannibal of the West – George Rogers – to the baby of the family – the “Black-eyed Beauty of Kentucky,” – Fanny.
Please note: Due to technical difficulties, this lecture was not recorded in its entirety.


August 2, 2017

Eric Brooks: Objects of Greatest Admiration: A History of Henry Clay in 25 Objects

Curators tell stories through objects. Ashland Curator Eric Brooks will explore the life and legacy of Henry Clay through 25 objects from Ashland’s collection. This presentation weaves together an amazing collection and the incredible story it tells.

March 8, 2017

Ben Hassett: Restoring the Wolf Pen Mill

Ben Hassett is a millwright with 20 years’ experience in repairing and restoring windmills and watermills. He talks about what it takes to bring historic mills back to life—which he recently has done with the 150-plus year old Wolf Pen Mill in northeastern Jefferson County, Kentucky.