Kentucky Historical Society
KHS historical marker jointly honors state’s first Rotary Club and prominent hotel site
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2013) — The
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to jointly commemorate
the Rotary Club of Louisville and the Henry Watterson
Hotel at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at 415 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. in Louisville.
This was the site of the first Rotary Club in
Kentucky (only the 45th in the world) and of a hotel that figures
prominently in Louisville history.
The Rotary Club in Kentucky first met on July 26, 1912,
then continued to gather every week at the Henry Watterson Hotel from 1912 to 1924.
The Rotary’s service theme led to the creation of the Kentucky Society for
Crippled Children. At the club’s centennial anniversary, the group announced
its Rotary Promise Scholarships, which provide college tuition for needy
The Henry Watterson Hotel opened April 29, 1912,
on Walnut Street. With 10 floors and 250 rooms, the hotel was a popular meeting
location for civic events and state and national conventions. The hotel, named
for the longtime editor of The Courier-Journal, was designed by Brinton B.
Davis, who also designed the Louisville Gardens and the Kentucky Hotel. The
building was demolished in 1981.
Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history
lessons that connect the history, communities and items housed in the
Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history
accessible to the public, not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but
also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers
and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at
iTunes and Google Play.
For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program
coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or email@example.com.
agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the
Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping
people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the
present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the
Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information
about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.