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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Saturday, May 22, 2004
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Taped not long before Opening Day on May 22, 2004, the third of our three behind-the-scenes visits to the Frazier Historical Arms Museum spotlights some of the displays that greet visitors to the state-of-the-art facility. A 100,000-square-foot, four-story space, the museum is located in a 19th-century building on Main Street in downtown Louisville.
Founded by retired Brown-Forman vice president and philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier, the $32 million museum houses a collection of arms, armor, and related historical artifacts spanning 1,000 years. Highlights include items that once belonged to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, Daniel Boones family Bible, President Theodore Roosevelts big stick, Geronimos bow, Gen. George Armstrong Custers Colt pistols, and a recent acquisition that might prove to be the museums most significant piece: George Washingtons flintlock rifle, the only known long gun owned by Americas first president.
Following our mini-tour of the museum, the new executive director of the Louisville Orchestra sits down with Mel to talk about the future of this legendary institution. Scott Provancher, who comes to the LO from Rockford, IL, is determined to steer the orchestra down a new path after a rocky year during which it faced possible bankruptcy.
Our musical segments this week provide a chance to get reacquainted with the Cumberlands, an acoustic trio that was a fixture on the Louisville club scene 30 years ago. Members Harold and Betty Thom and Jim Smoak have pursued divergent interests in recent decades, but in 2002 they released a retrospective, The Gap, and a collection of new recordings, Bridging the Gap.