“AROUND LOUISVILLE AND VICINITY” 1932 SILENT HOME MOVIE LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY MINT JULEPS 93564

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This charming, silent home movie from 1932 shows views around Louisville, Kentucky. The film starts in a private home where glasses are raised in toast. At :34 the word “1932” is drawn in the snow and a snowball thrown at the camera. At 1:09 the collonade walk at the Louisville Central Park is shown. At 1:36 kids ride sleighs in the park. At 2:47 a bridge over the Ohio River is shown. At 3:08 the paddle steamer showboat / steamboat “City of Memphis” makes its way along the river. At 3:29 a train rides past on elevated tracks followed by a steam locomotive. At 3:41 are shots from downtown Louisville. The Cathedral of the Assumption, which still stands at 433 S. Fifth St., is seen at 4:02. At 4;06 the Kentucky Hotel (or Hotel Kentucky) is visible. At 4:19 the Customs House or Federal Courthouse is seen and at 4:27 the Main Library. At 4:56 a sign for the Seelbach Hotel is visible. At 7:30 a trip is taken by car out to the countryside to visit the Old Kentucky Home on Federal Hill. At 8:43 the Kentucky State House at Frankfort is shown. At 10:00 a wonderful title card (which burns in reverse) announces the glorious 4th of July party. At 10:36, even though it is the Prohibition Era, Mint Juleps are created and served. At 11:11 one is enjoyed by a young lady and at 11:19 a title card mentions how the drink is an elixir that can cure every infirmity and that it’s “good for babies too”. At 13:00 frogs are prepared for supper. At 13:17 a shot of downtown followed by a shot at 13:25 of the grave of President Zachary Taylor. At 13:43 the local swimming hole or community pool is seen and — looks like a swim meet is in process. The film ends with shots of a group of golfers, possibly including members of the famed Turnesa Brothers (14:56).

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is a state park located in Bardstown, Kentucky. The park’s centerpiece is Federal Hill, a farm owned by United States Senator John Rowan in 1795. During the Rowan family’s occupation, the mansion became a meeting place for local politicians and hosted several visiting dignitaries. The farm is best known for its association with American composer Stephen Foster’s anti-slavery ballad “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night”. Foster was a cousin of the Rowan family, and was likely inspired to write the ballad both by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and through imagery seen on visits to Federal Hill. After popularity of the song increased throughout the United States, Federal Hill was purchased by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, dedicated as a historic site, and renamed “My Old Kentucky Home” on July 4, 1923. Foster’s song by the same name was made the state song of Kentucky in 1928. The Federal Hill mansion was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1992, and it is one of the symbols featured on the reverse of the Kentucky state quarter issued in 2001.

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