Anything is possible in Kentucky…even Bigfoot sightings…and Louisville is excited to host the AASLH Annual Meeting September 16-19. Here are some tidbits to prepare you to visit the Bluegrass State for the conference:

Top Ten Reasons For Visiting Kentucky and Louisville:

kentucky-postcard10. The song “Happy Birthday to You” was written in Louisville by two local sisters, Mildred J. and Patty Smith Hill.

9. In 1873, Louisville druggist John Colgan invented chewing gum (he called it “Taffy Tolu”).

8. The replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat weighs 68,000 pounds, is made of steel, stands 120 feet tall, and is located at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

7. 100,000 Mint Juleps are poured during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks each year.

Mint Julep d22 Dan Dry low res6. Duncan Hines isn’t just a cake mix—he’s a real person. Born in Bowling Green in 1880, he was a pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers.

5. During the Civil War, Frankfort was the only Union capital occupied by Confederate troops.

4. Despite being famous worldwide for bourbon, Kentucky’s official state beverage is milk.

3. Both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born in Kentucky and less than 100 miles and one year apart.

2. The largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States and the third largest historically preserved district in the United States is located in Old Louisville.

1. 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. Coincidentally, 90% of the United States’ disco balls are also produced in Louisville each year.


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