‘How High the Water Was: The Flood of ‘37’

How high? Fifty seven feet. That’s where the Ohio River crowned after flooding its banks in Louisville. Markers around town, in such locations as The Highlands, Portland and Crestwood, give a visual sense of just how high it was. Those markers, and the exhibition “How High the Water Was: The Flood of ’37,” remind us how dangerous it was here 80 years ago. Historian Tom Owen is giving a talk, “Observations on the Flood of 1937,” on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. The exhibition is from 2-5 p.m., the only weekend hours scheduled during the show’s run.


Photo Archives, Archives & Special Collections, Ekstrom Library at UofL
Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free

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‘How High the Water Was: The Flood of ‘37’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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