Historians, Locust Grove re-enactors discuss ‘presenting the past’


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Costumed re-enactors combine time travel and museum theater to help visitors understand history. A free, public program Feb. 20 on “Presenting the Past at Locust Grove” will give people the chance to visit with the historic home’s “cast” and to learn from historians about the possibilities and problems of re-enacting.

    The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering the 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. program and refreshments at Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Although the program is free, space is limited, so reservations are requested by Feb. 19 at louisville.edu/artsandsciences/events/presenting-the-past-at-locust-grovelouisville.edu/artsandsciences/events/presenting-the-past-at-locust-grove

    Panelists will be Daniel Vivian, UofL assistant professor of history and director of the graduate program in public history, and Carol Ely, executive director of Historic Locust Grove Inc. and adjunct history professor at UofL.

    Vivian and Ely will discuss the opportunities and challenges of using costumed interpreters to represent real people in situations that are fictionalized for presentation.

    The Locust Grove interpreters will talk in character about events in 1816 as they portray household members of the William and Lucy Croghan family, who lived in the Louisville home.

    For more information, contact Tracy Heightchew at 502-852-8684 or tracy.heightchew@louisville.edu.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.