Tuesday, January 15 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Start the new year off with history! The Carnegie Center for Art and History Lunch and Learn Program is Kentuckiana’s Lewis and Clark Legacy presented by Jim Holmberg on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 PM. Filson Historical Society curator and Lewis and Clark historian Jim Holmberg will discuss the important connections the Falls area has to this famous journey of discovery. This program is free, but registration is appreciated and can be made by emailing the Carnegie Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the museum at (812) 944-7336. Beverages will be supplied for those who bring a lunch.
It was at the Falls of the Ohio that Lewis and Clark joined forces to form one of the most famous partnerships in history. From this area the famous Nine Young Men from Kentucky were recruited – the first enlisted men and the foundation upon which the rest of the Corps of Discovery was built. The Falls was also home to York, William Clark’s enslaved African American, who was the first African American to cross the U.S. from coast to coast and whom made important contributions to the journey’s success.
James J. Holmberg is a native of Louisville and received his BA in history and MA in American history from the University of Louisville. Holmberg joined the staff of The Filson Historical Society in May 1982, where he presently serves as the Curator of Collections. Formerly, Holmberg was a history instructor at the University of Louisville and for the continuing education program at Bellarmine University. He writes and lectures on a variety of topics, focusing onthe Lewis and Clark Expedition, with special emphasis on William Clark and York. His major publication Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark was published by Yale University Press in 2002. Holmberg has written entries for the Kentucky Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Virginia Biography, African American National Biography, The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, and The Encyclopedia of Louisville (for which he also served as editor of the pioneer related entries). He’s also been a guest on national and local television and radio programs regarding historical and Filson related topics, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, several WFPL programs, the A&E channel’s Biography series, a couple of History Channel series, Smithsonian Channel series, National Geographic Channel series, CSPAN programs, and a number of Lewis and Clark related documentaries. Holmberg has served, and serves on, national, state, and local boards and committees, primarily regarding Lewis and Clark organizations, including as chair of the Kentucky Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission when that group existed.