Category: Project Overview

What is the Parkland Digital History Project? It’s a public history initiative exploring the history of the West Louisville neighborhood and its place in the context of the city and the region. The project’s director, Dr. Lara Kelland, assistant professor at the University of Louisville Department of History, has partnered with documentarian and public media producer John Gregory as co-director to create multi-media programs based on oral history interviews with community members and archival research.

During the next few years, students in U of L’s Public History program will conduct oral histories with community residents and activists and curate small projects from these interviews. The project also plans to explore the intersection between recorded history and lived memory through key events in Parklands’ history like the open housing movement and the 1968 uprising. Partnerships with other state and local cultural organizations will provide opportunities for exhibits, community events, and primary/secondary curriculum.

Parkland Uprising Oral Histories

Parkland_School_Louisville_Kentucky_1922Students at the University of Louisville conducted oral histories with members of the Parkland neighborhood on their remembrances of the 1968 Uprising.  These oral histories tell the story of the Uprising from those on the streets, those in the neighborhood, or those who were abroad, but heard what happened and how it affected them and their neighborhood.  Each narrator describes the neighborhood before May 1968 and what changed following those dark few days.

Many of the narrators offer ideas and possible avenues of change that would better the neighborhood.  They see that great community involvement is needed by those in the community and by the city, too, to make progress in the area.  Even after all these years, they all see that Parkland can have an even better future.  By clicking on the link below, you can hear their stories.


Parkland Oral Histories