Historian and master storyteller Tom Owen brings Louisville’s past to life as a tour guide and in frequent speaking engagements as well as contributions to local radio and television programs. He also served on the Louisville Board of Aldermen from 1990 to 1998, representing the neighborhoods of Irish Hill, Phoenix Hill, Cherokee Triangle, Original Highlands, Tyler Park, Germantown, Poplar Level, Deer Park, Bonnycastle, Highlands-Douglass, Belknap, Hayfield-Dundee, Bashford Manor, Upper Highlands, and Gardiner Lane. He is a full professor at the University of Louisville and has been a history instructor, archivist, and community relations associate at the school since 1968.
Owen is an elder at Highland Presbyterian Church, serves on the board of Citizens for Advancement of Regional Transportation and on a local planning committee for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration, and has been a member of the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission and the Advisory Committee of the Kentucky Heritage Council. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Kentucky, a master’s in history from U of L, a bachelor of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a bachelor of arts degree from Kentucky Wesleyan.
The honors he has accumulated along the way include the Distinguished Service Award from the Louisville Historical League, the Outstanding University of Louisville Employee Award, an honorary membership in the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and recently a Patron Service Award at the U of L Libraries. Owen and his wife, Phyllis, have a daughter and two sons.
- Program 105
- The Muhammad Ali Center, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, the Festival of Faiths, Louisville historian Tom Owen, and the Lewis & Clark Homecoming. (#105)