The Cathedral of the Assumption
is the cathedral mother church
of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville
in Louisville, Kentucky
. The Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., the fourth and current Archbishop of Louisville, is in residence at the Cathedral. The Very Reverend William L. Fichteman serves as rector
The Diocese of Bardstown, the first inland diocese in the United States, was established in 1808, with Benedict Joseph Flaget as the first and only Bishop of Bardstown. The diocese included most of Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
In 1841, the diocese was moved from Bardstown to Louisville, and Saint Louis Church became Saint Louis Cathedral. Bishop Flaget, now the Bishop of Louisville, decided in 1849 that a new cathedral should be built. However, Bishop Flaget died on February 11, 1850, a few months after the laying of the cornerstone for the new church building. His remains rest today in a chapel in the Cathedral Undercroft.
Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
is located in New Albany, Indiana
by the Ohio River
. It was the home of William Culbertson
, who was once the richest man in Indiana
. Built in 1867 at a cost of $120,000, this French Second Empire
-style mansion has 25-rooms within 20,000 square feet, and was completed in November of 1869. It was designed by James T. Banes, a local architect. Features within the three-story edifice include hand-painted ceilings and walls, frescoed
ceilings, carved rosewood cantilevered
fireplaces, wallpaper of fabric-quality, and crystal chandeliers
. The tin roof was imported from Scotland
. The displays within the mansion feature the Culbertson family and the restoration of the building. The rooms on the tour are the formal parlors
, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.
The Culbertson Mansion performs historic restoration rather than renovation to protect the historical integrity of the home. The eventual goal is to return the mansion to its 1869 appearance, barring necessary modern items as electricity and bathrooms.
On this day in Louisville history...
The Filson Historical Society
(originally named the Filson Club
) is a historical society in Louisville, Kentucky
. The organization was founded in 1884 and named after early Kentucky explorer John Filson
, who wrote The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke
, which included one of the first maps of the state. The Filson's extensive collections focus on Kentucky, the Upper South, and the Ohio River Valley. Its research facilities include a manuscript collection as well as a library that includes rare books, periodicals, maps, and other published materials. The Filson also maintains a small museum. One intriguing possession of the museum is a section of American beech
tree trunk, with the carved legend "D. Boon kilt a bar 1803."
- “It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville.” – Paul Hornung
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