and Learn Series
discussion program to begin
at Oldham County History Center
LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2005) If a picture
can tell a thousand words, then Dr. Bruce Tyler has just written volumes.
Tyler is the author of a pictorial history book titled, Images
of African American Life in Louisville.
This photographic publication is a 230-picture, 128-page
book published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C. One or two
sentence commentaries accompany each photo, and it is divided into 11
chapters with a variety of themes.
Tyler will preview his book for Oldham County audiences at noon Friday,
Feb. 11, at the Irish Rover, Too on Main Street in La Grange. This lecture
and slide presentation about Tylers book is the first in a new
program offered by the Oldham County History Centers Lunch
& Learn Series.
This special book discussion program is offered through the center and
funded by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council. The main
purpose is to offer book discussion programs on Kentuckys history,
said Nancy Theiss, executive director of the Oldham County History Center.
Charles Thompson, assistant director for publications for the Kentucky
Humanities Council, said sponsors are asked to choose books from a list
provided by the Humanities Council. Included on the list are Kentucky
authors or books about Kentucky arranged by category, said Thompson.
Sponsors can choose up to four books and make substitutions if they
feel a certain book not on the list has special local appeal.
Grant money pays for honoraria and travel expenses for book discussion
leaders, who conduct the programs. Sponsors can request a grant for
the maxim amount of $1,000. Unlike other grants, these are non-competitive
grants, said Thompson.
Theiss said, We set the series up as a lunch series at the Irish
Rover, Too because it is a convenient location to our history center
and allows people to enjoy our local businesses as well as appreciate
and Learn Series
Friday, Feb. 11: Images of African American Life in Louisville,
by Dr. Bruce Tyler.
Saturday, March 5: Famous People I Have Known,
by Ed McClanahan.
Wednesday, April 13: How the West Was Lost: The
Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay,
written by Stephen Aaron; Presented by Diane Coon.
Wednesday, May 11: A Taste of the Sweet Apple,
Theiss said Tyler was chosen as the first book discussion
leader because it seemed fitting to start the series with an emphasis
on black history month. Tyler, 56, is originally from Los Angeles
but moved to Kentucky in 1985 to teach U.S. and African American History
at the University of Louisville.
The book includes photographs on many aspects of Louisvilles history
such as communities, families, churches, high schools, African American
fire-fighters, businesses, benevolent groups and soldiers. In essence,
it describes, Black people who lived honorable lives, said
Many photographs portray soldiers who served their country while facing
many limitations to their citizenship rights but bravely defended the
United States, no matter what the cost. To stress this point, Tyler
has included a photograph of Gen. George Patton pining a Silver Star
on an African American soldier.
Tyler has devoted an entire chapter that indirectly relates to Louisville
on the Lincoln Institute. Originally, the Lincoln Institute was located
in Louisville but was moved to Shelby County, where Tyler now lives.
Through photographs he has chronicled the institutes history,
as well as that of Central Colored High School.
Judging from the uniqueness of the accumulated photos, one would think
Tyler had spent half a lifetime collecting them. Actually, he said it
did not take long to put this book together, as he already had many
photographs pertaining to various articles he had written in the past
for scholarly journals.
Tyler credits the idea to a former U of L colleague, history department
professor Leonard Curry. Curry met Arcadia Publishing representatives
at a conference and passed along Tylers name as an author they
might want to consider. Representatives kept in touch with Tyler until
he conceded to create the book.
Tyler said a book like this one that is well thought out and produced
in a professional manner can instill in a community a sense of pride.
This pictorial documentary is one of the best ways of preserving
history, he said. Tyler is also the author of From Harlem
All book discussion programs begin at noon and will be held at the Irish
Rover, Too, 117 E. Main St, La Grange. Cost is $10 for Historical Society
members and $12 for non-members. Advanced registration is required.
Call (502) 222-0826.
For more information contact the Oldham County
History Center at (502) 222-0826.
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