Classic Movie Screening – “The Big Parade”

YMCA - The Big Parades

This Classic Silent Film from 1925 will be our third installment in our Special Movie Screening Event. It will be shown at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court, Louisville Ky on April 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

The Big Parade is a 1925 American silent film directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, and Claire McDowell.[1][2][3] Adapted by Harry Behn from the play by Joseph Farnham and the autobiographical novel Plumes by Laurence Stallings, the film is about an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes a friend of two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.
The film was groundbreaking for not glorifying the war or ignoring its human costs, exemplified by the lead character’s loss of a leg from battle wounds. It heavily influenced all subsequent war films, especially All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).*

*from Wikipedia

Classic Movie Screening “War Horse”

We are proud to present our second Special Event in our Classic Movie Screening Series. On Thursday, March 6, 2014, we will be showing Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse”.

This film was released in 2011, and captures the relationship between Albert, a young man in rural England, and his horse Joey. The film follows the horse though his confiscation by the British Army for the war, and his horrific journey and survival of “No Man’s Land” in France during the Geat War.

Bring your tissues for this one. I hope you can make it. We will have drinks and fresh popcorn on sale for the full movie experience. Admission is $5 at the door and 100% of the proceeds go to support the Conrad Caldwell House Museum.YMCA - Movie War horse w text

Classic Movie Screening Series

YMCA - Movie Wings 400


On Thursday, February 6th 2014 we will be presenting the First (of four) Classic Movie Screenings as part of our Special Exhibits at the Conrad/Caldwell House Museum. The First Movie that we are presenting is the 1927 classic “Wings” starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. This Silent film about World War 1 fighter pilots in France during the Great War was the very First Academy Award Winner for Best picture in 1929. It also won the First Oscar for “Best Engineering Effects”, now called “Sepcial Effects”.

The copy that we will be presenting is a print that has hand colored segments during the dog fights, which are very realistic for it’s day.

The screening will be at the Conrad/Caldwell House Museum, which is located at 1402 St. James Court in Old Louisville. The movie will start at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you then.

Special Events – Lecture and Movie Series Info

During the run of the event, we will also be featuring several special events. We have scheduled four (4) Special Lectures and four (4) Classic Movie Screenings. The following list is the schedule for both the Lecture and Movie series. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of these great dates. All of the Movie Screenings and three (3) of the Lectures will be held at the Museum. See Lecture #3 for details about it’s location.

Lecture Series Schedule

1.) Jan 26 (4 – 6 PM) “The General History Of Camp Zachary Taylor”.
We will cover the events that led up to Louisville being selected as a location for one of the 16 US Army Camps, and the construction of Camp Zachary Taylor.

2.) Mar 9 (4 – 6 PM) “The Great Flu Pandemic of 1918”.
One of the greatest tragedies of the 20th Century. We will talk about the origin of the Spanish Flu and the perfect storm of infections that killed more people than were killed by the war.

3.) April 26 (4 – 6 PM) “The Streets of Camp Zachary Taylor”
This Special Lecture will be held inside of the “Old Motor School Building” at Joe Creason Park. A special thank you is extended to the Louisville Parks Department for granting us permission to use the building for this event. As you know, almost all of the streets that now exist in the Camp Taylor neighborhood were built for the camp. We will be discussing the people who’s names are given to those streets.

4.) May 31 (4 – 6 PM) “Notables of Camp Zachary Taylor”.
We will be talking about some of the known, and lesser known figures who were at Camp Taylor during it’s time. You might be surprised who was here.

Movie Screening Schedule

1.) Feb 6 (7 – 9:30 PM) “Wings”
The very first Academy Award Winning film starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. Released in 1927, it is a silent film about the air battles over France during WW1.

2.) Mar 6 (7 – 9:30 PM) “War Horse”
The Stephen Spielberg film from 2011 about a British Horse that made it through and survived The Great War.

3.) April 10 (7 – 9:30 PM) “The Big Parade”
A newly restored silent film from 1925 tells the story of a rich boy who is sent to France and experience the horror of war.

4.) May 8 (7 – 9:30 PM) “Sergeant York”
The classic film about Alvin York starring Gary Cooper. It won two Academy Awards in 1941.

Louisville and The Great War Exhibit Opens Jan. 11, 2014

Our Newest Exhibit Opens Saturday, January 11, 2014 at The Conrad Caldwell House Museum. It is located in the heart of Old Louisville a 1402 St. James Court.

The exhibit titled “Louisville And The Great War” is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War. It covers the events leading up to the US participation in 1917. It covers events in Louisville during that period of our History and the creation of Camp Zachary Taylor, which was one of 16 army training camps built in the United States in 1917.

The Exhibit runs through the end of May 2014.



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