The Slave Dwelling Project and the Used Book Sale are coming to Locust Grove this August
Afternoon Lecture Series
Sons of the American Revolution: Funding Freedom: Making Dollars & “Cents” of the American Revolution
Wednesday, August 7, 1:15 pm
Revolutions cost money. Even before the United States declared its independence it was riddled with debt. Seasoned financiers traded bills of exchange with foreign nations while wealthy Patriots were asked to give until it left them penniless. Promissory notes, personal loans and a financial network of correspondence forecast a nation built on credit. Colonists yearned to be independent yet valor on the battlefield alone would not be enough to acquire freedom. Colleen Wilson and Zac Distel from the Sons of the American Revolution will take us through the economy of the American Revolution and the years that followed.
The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required. Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.
Summer Used Book Sale
Members’ Preview—Thursday, August 15, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Friday, August 16, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
All the nooks and crannies of Locust Grove’s Audubon room will be filled with more than 23,000 books — all waiting for you at our Big August Used Book Sale. The books are sorted into 30-some categories, including history, mysteries, art, architecture, literature, cookbooks, humor, and more, and are displayed for easy shopping. Books, donated by readers from across the region, are $1 and $2 -- with special titles $3 and up. All books are great bargains! All proceeds from our book sales support Locust Grove’s continued educational and preservation projects.
The Slave Dwelling Project: Campfire Conversation and Overnight
Friday, August 23, 6:30 pm
Join Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project for an overnight stay on Locust Grove’s grounds. The founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Joe McGill is an educator, Civil War reenactor, and descendant of enslaved people who has conducted programs about the life and memories of the enslaved in 23 states on one hundred-fifty historic sites. During this campfire discussion and overnight stay, Joe will guide a conversation about the lives of enslaved people across the United States, including those at Locust Grove, and consider what can be learned from sleeping where they slept and standing where they stood. Find out more about the Slave Dwelling Project here: https://slavedwellingproject.org/.
Advanced reservations required for this program. Tickets will go on sale on July 17 at 10:00 am. Tickets are $25 plus $10 if you sleep overnight and pitch a tent. Please call 502-897-9845 for reservations.
The Slave Dwelling Project: Continuing the Conversation with Joe McGill
Saturday, August 23, 1:30 pm
Joe McGill will speak on his experiences in telling the stories of the enslaved and sleeping at former sites of enslaved people. Farms and plantations like Locust Grove are a familiar setting for stories of slave life, and William Croghan, like other slaveowners, was first and foremost a businessman. McGill’s presentation will focus on the economy of slavery in agricultural and non-agricultural settings, as well as the insights he has gained through his years of sleeping in slave residences. McGill is an educator, Civil War reenactor, and descendent of enslaved people who has conducted programs about the life and memories of slaves in 23 states on one hundred-fifty sites. McGill’s work focuses on changing the narrative, one slave dwelling at a time as he attempts to spend the night in every former slave dwelling still standing in the United States. Find out more about the Slave Dwelling Project here: https://slavedwellingproject.org/.
Advanced reservations required for this program. Tickets will go on sale on July 17 at 10:00 am. Tickets are $12 for members and students/$15 for non-members. Please call 502-897-9845 for reservations.
Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207.