Loading Events

« All Events

Shantyboat Louisville

Thursday, May 9, 2019: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   09/05/2019 12:00:00 09/05/2019 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Shantyboat Louisville Thursday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Dr. Mark Wetherington will give a lecture on Louisville's shantyboat community in the early 1900s. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY

SectionPriceService FeeTickets Requested
272194102496 Filson members $0.00 $0.00
272195102496 Non-members $10.00 $1.58
Add To Cart
During the Great Depression, as many as 50,000 people lived on an estimated 30,000 shanty boats in the Ohio and Mississippi River basins. Louisville's floating shanty boat neighborhood was part of a changing waterfront for more than a century as the city evolved from a river town into an industrial city. This program explores shanty boat Louisville at the beginning of the 1900s. Who were the shanty boaters and why did they chose this alternative form of housing? Why were city officials determined to rid the waterfront of these "squatty little shanties, half house, half boat"? And what factors combined to bring an end to what one newspaperman called "these picturesque river tramps" at Louisville's "Point" neighborhood? Dr. Mark Wetherington is the former Director and Senior Research Fellow at The Filson Historical Society. He received his B.A. and Master’s degrees in history at Georgia Southern and earned a Ph.D. in history in1985 from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia, 1860 and Plain Folk’s Fight: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods, Georgia.
Shantyboat Louisville

It looks like your cookies have disabled on your browser, this store requires cookies, please adjust your browser's settings to enable cookies to continue.