The Portland neighborhood, on the Ohio River just west of downtown, could be called the cradle of Louisville because of its central place in the city’s early history. The keeper of all that history is the Portland Museum, founded as a classroom community service project by teachers at Roosevelt Elementary in 1978. The museum is located in an 1850s mansion at 2308 Portland Avenue.
Founded as a separate town in 1811, Portland was a center of shipping and a new home for numerous immigrants. It became part of Louisville in 1837, briefly declared its independence again when a railroad deal went sour in 1842, and was permanently re-annexed in the 1850s. Among its most famous 19th-century residents was Jim Porter, the tavern owner and councilman known as the “Kentucky Giant.”
- Program 106
- The Kentucky Nurses Association, Actors Theatre of Louisville scenic designer Paul Owen, the Portland Museum, and community leader Christopher 2X. (#106)