97 Years Ago, November 3rd, 1917, Camp Zachary Taylor conducted their official opening day celebration. Approximately 40 thousand soldiers and thousands of civilians attended the event on the very clear and mild fall day. It was attended by politicians and military officers from the camp and Washington DC. You can read more details about the events of that day on the link above, “97th Anniversary – Nov. 3, 2014”.
Monday, November 3rd, 2014, will make the 97th Anniversary of the Formal Dedication and opening of Camp Zachary Taylor. Construction had begun only four months earlier in June of 1917, with the first soldiers arriving on September 8, 1917.
More information can be found about the this event by clicking on the “97th Anniversary” tab above.
I will be presenting a two (2) day exhibit at “Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing” in southern Jefferson County. Their event “200 Years on The Ohio” will be on September 20-21, 2014. I will be displaying some of our items from the collection, several photographs and a couple of maps. Information about the event can be found on the “Events” tab and here:
Our Exhibit “Louisville and The Great War” was a big success! I want to thank everyone who came to visit the Conrad Caldwell House Museum and especially those who made the extra effort to come for the exhibit. We had four fantastic lectures during the five months the exhibit was open, and attendance to those was very good. 100% of the proceeds from the exhibit, lectures and movie screenings went to help fund the Conrad Caldwell House. Many thanks to everyone. Hopefully we will have a permanent home in the near future. Here are more pictures from the exhibit if you were not able to attend.
Our current exhibit at the Conrad Caldwell House Museum, in Louisville, will be ending in only two more weeks! The last day will be June 8, 2014.
If you have not had a chance to see it yet, time is running out. The Conrad Caldwell House Museum is located at 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, Ky.
Our fourth and final special event in our Lecture Series will take place on June 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the Conrad Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court. The topic will be “Notable People at Camp Zachary Taylor”. I will be talking about individuals who were part of Camp Zachary Taylor when it existed and their contributions to their country and others.
There were important individuals who were responsible for Camp Zachary Taylor being built in Louisville, Important Leaders who made it possible for the US to win both World Wars, Educators who improved the lives they touched and Entertainers who were pioneers in film and stage that made life for the soldiers a little more tolerable.
I hope to see you there. Admission is $5, and all of the proceeds go to help support the Conrad Caldwell House Museum.
“Street Names of Camp Zachary Taylor” April 26th at 4:00 pm
We are very excited about the next Lecture in our series of “Special Events” in conjunction with our current exhibit “Louisville and The Great War”. The third lecture will be held at Joe Creason Park on April 26th. It will take place inside of the Motor School Garage Building, which is the LAST remaining large structure that was built at Camp Zachary Taylor.
I will be giving a short history about the structure and will be showing some photographs of it that have never been seen by the public before. The Motor School at Camp Zachary Taylor comprised of several buildings for instruction in the repair of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. The large garage, which is 102′-6″ x 256′-0″ was the largest structure built, and was constructed with clear span trusses over 100′-0″ long. It was used as a garage to store those vehicles. This will be the first time that it will be open to the public for an event like this. The photo is the Motor School Garage as it looked in 1974.
The Lecture will be “Street Names of Camp Zachary Taylor”. I will be showing maps and photographs of the camp before and during the war while talking about the original roads that were there before the camp was built. Also about the new roads that were constructed in the camp, and the people who there were named after. You will never know what you will discover when you take an in depth look back into our local history. Some of it is fascinating.
Tickets are $5 can be purchased in advance at the Conrad Caldwell House or at the door.
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. 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).*
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.
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.