Okolona Business & Professional Association
March's Breakfast Sponsor:
Town and Country Ford Louisville
Thursday, March 26, 2015: 7:30am-9:00am
Hot Breakfast Catered by The Tumbleweed with GanoLife Coffee
Doors Open at 7 AM for Serious Networkers and Coffee!
Okolona Firehouse #1 – Community Room Upstairs – 8501 Preston Highway (40219)
Our Invited Speaker:
Dr. Tom L. Owen, Professor of Libraries
Archivist for Regional Collections
Archives and Special Collections – University of Louisville
A Look At The History of Louisville As We Move Forward!
Dr. Tom Owen is a Professor of Libraries (Term) at the University of Louisville. As the Archivist for Regional Collections at Archives and Special Collections, he works to preserve and make available records that document the University's history, as well as the history of the Louisville area. In addition through his public presentations, he promotes appreciation of the University throughout Kentucky and the region. He served on the City of Louisville Board of Aldermen from 1990 through 1998 and in 2003 began service on the Louisville Metro Council, serving as President in 2009.
Owen writes on history topics for area newspapers and magazines, and has edited microfilm publications including the Papers of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Legislative Records of the City of Louisville, and the Historical Records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He has written biographical sketches of the Kentucky Governors and an article on “Louisville” for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Tom produced a series of television sketches on local historical sites for public television and for many years produced “Sidewalks,” a weekly radio feature for WFPK-FM.
Tom Owen teaches state and local history in the classroom, in talks and workshops, and on walking, bike, bus and boat tours. He served as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has produced six videos in a series called “Tom Owen's Louisville” on the history of neighborhood life in this region.
Tom graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and holds a M.A. Degree in history from the University of Louisville. He was awarded the Ph.D in American History in 1982 by the University of Kentucky. Before his career at the University of Louisville and serving on Louisville's Metro Council, Tom was a pastor in the Methodist Church for a decade.
A native Louisvillian, Tom is married to Phyllis Ann Johnston, has a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren. He likes to fix-up old houses, recycle everything he can get his hands on, promote his community, push both bicycling and public transit, eat at various restaurants, have company, daydream about making things better, attend UofL sporting events, watch movies, and take vacations.
Come enjoy a wonderful talk on the rich heritage of Louisville (including some fun facts about the Okolona area) and bring along a colleague. It's going to be a fun morning and you'll learn some really terrific things about the city you call home!!