Louisville Historical League
Dedicated to Promoting the Appreciation & Preservation of Metro Louisville
The Louisville Historical League is an organization that promotes and preserves the rich history of Louisville, Kentucky. Our goal is to educate the community about the city's past and the people, events, and places that have shaped it. We offer a variety of programs and events including museum exhibits and guided historical tours to help people of all ages understand Louisville's history. Our members are passionate about history, and love sharing their knowledge with others. Whether you're a lifelong resident of Louisville or just visiting, we invite you to join us in exploring the city's past and uncovering its many stories.
Louisville ( (listen) LOO-ee-vil, US: (listen) LOO-ə-vəl, locally (listen) LUUV-əl) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 28th most-populous city in the United States. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, on the Indiana border. Named after King Louis XVI of France, Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, making it one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachians. With nearby Falls of the Ohio as the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio River and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site. It was the founding city of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which grew into a 6,000-mile (9,700 km) system across 13 states.