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Our Shared History: The River That Binds

The Filson Historical Society

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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The Ohio River has left its mark on practically every industry in the area, including trade,  transportation and distilling. As the main source of transportation for goods and services, cities on the river tended to flourish because of the ease of transporting. The limestone water from the Ohio was also one of the key factors in the early distilling of bourbon. Mike Veach will discuss the role of the Ohio River in binding the communities and distilleries on both sides of the river together, further solidifying the Ohio Valley’s place in history. From the early settlement years, whiskey production was common on both sides of the river, a situation that held until Kentucky earned its reputation as the place for whiskey production. Today, the Ohio River continues to serve as a binding agent between communities in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Michael R. Veach is associate curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society and the author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage.

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Jeffersonville Library
211 E. Court Ave
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


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