Main Library Bernheim Gallery: March 8 – April 20

For many longtime Louisvillians, the memories of April 3, 1974—the day their city was struck by an F4 tornado which claimed three lives, injured 207 residents and demolished more than 900 homes—have not faded with time. With a 22-mile path of destruction stretching from the Fairgrounds to Audubon Park, Cherokee Triangle to Crescent Hill, Indian Hills to Northfield, it was the most devastating in the city’s history and was part of the “Super Outbreak”—a group of 148 tornadoes across 13 states that were the most violent in the history of the United States.

This photographic exhibit, assembled in partnership with The Courier-Journal, illustrates not only the vast devastation caused by the storm, but also highlights Louisville’s heroism and resilience in the days and months that followed.

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Also, in rememberance of the 40th anniversary of the tornado, the Main Library will host a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. The panel will include former editor of The Courier-Journal, Keith Runyon; Candace Medina, daughter of WHAS radio helicopter traffic reporter Dick Gilbert, who tracked the tornado through portions of its path; WAVE-3 meteorologist Tom Wills; and former Louisville Water Company president and engineer John Huber.

The program, co-sponsored by the University of Louisville’s History Department, is free of charge. Following the program, attendees are invited to share their own stories of the tornado, to be archived at the University of Louisville.


Iroquois Library Community Gallery - March

Women of the World

In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day the Iroquois Branch's Women of the World Art Show is coinciding with a March Film Series: Women, War & Peace and a Women of the World Cultural Showcase.  The art show includes photography by Mari Mujica, artwork by Hadeel Yasser and photos of Americana's Fiberworks program.


Online Exhibits

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience

Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World

LFPL Flood 2009 Exhibit

here is new york

Louisville and the Peace Corps

We are together: Photos from the Sichuan Earthquake

In A Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak

Main Library exhibit

Hands in Harmony

Louisville's Graphic Designer Julius Friedman

Posters for Peace


Last Updated: 3/11/14