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10/9 am
on KET

5:30/4:30 pm
on KET2

Jeffersontown Historical Museum

Jeffersontown, the second largest city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, was established in 1797 on 40 acres owned by Abraham Bruner.

In 1997, at the time of its bicentennial, more than 25,000 people lived in Jeffersontown ... over 33,000 people worked in the Bluegrass Industrial Park, making Jeffersontown the third largest employer in the state of Kentucky.

Today Jeffersontown is a burgeoning industrial center and 23 sites in the city are listed with the National Register.

In this Louisville Life story, we visit the Jeffersontown Historical Museum, which documents the city's rich history. Many items in the museum's collection were once owned by founding families and current residents.

A highlight of the museum’s holdings is the “Dolls of the World” collection, believed to be the largest of its kind in the Midwest. It consists of 1,250 dolls donated by Petra Williams, a writer, attorney, businesswoman, world traveler and antiquarian who has lived in Jeffersontown since 1966. Many of the dolls are antiques; several are priceless.

Program 309
Local resale stores, artist Billy Hertz, Jeffersontown Historical Museum, and a profile of spiritual icon Thomas Merton. "Louisville Life" also meets the associate artistic director of the Louisville Ballet. (#309)