Buffalo Soldiers Academy of America donates flag to auditorium's World Flag collection during a ceremonyleading up to Memorial Day when the historic landmark turns 93 years old. Mayor of Louisville and other dignitaries presented a proclamation to John Taylor Jr. representing the proud organization.
The presentation requesting funding for auditorium renovations was recently updated by the landmark's foundation. It will be given to METRO Council for support, as well as pursuing other funding sources and requesting grants. Once achieved, the $2.5 million goal would ensure the community has access to an updated public auditorium.. Presentation
Restoration for the World’s Largest Pilcher Pipe Organ reached a pivotal point as regulators were completed and delivered to the auditorium for installation. The rectangular-sized wooden boxes are housed in the sub-chamber where they funnel raw and static wind produced by the blowers. Due to the delicate work required, the process will take until Spring 2022. Fundraising continues to support the multi-year project. Photos
Just in time for the holidays and as the year comes to an end, enjoy the auditorium's Foundation "Winter" Newsletter! Newsletter
LMPD Christmas Concert for Area Schools will be held Thursday, December 16, 2021. Resource Officers from the 4th Division will be hosting a family-oriented event for various local elementary schools. The pipe organ will be played by resident organist, TImothy Baker, then Presentation Academy’s Pres Girl Choir will perform for the families. Donations are still being accepted by contacting Kelly Gream at Kelly@lmaky.com. Facebook
December 7, 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attacks led to the U.S. entering World War II, in which an estimated 2,400 Americans were killed with 1,700 wounded. In all, the U.S.lost nearly 20 naval ships and 300 airplanes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the attack as "a date which will live in infamy" as he delivered an address to a joint session of Congress one day after the tragedy. After the speech, Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan. Youtube
Holiday 92nd Season Announced! Live music and stage productions return for the auditorium’s 92nd holiday season beginning Thanksgiving weekend. As other venues, the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium has resumed hosting events and welcoming live audiences back into the multi-purpose facility. Press Release
Holiday Pipe Organ Concert to be held live this holiday season. The William H. Bauer Foundation will host a festive concert featuring various organists playing lovely seasonal music on the world’s largest Pilcher Pipe Organ. Start a new tradition by attending “It’s A Pilcher Pipe Organ Holiday Concert!” on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. A $10 donation will be accepted for admission. Events
The multi-year preservation project for the historic Pilcher Pipe Organ began. A matching grant from the Wyncote Foundation, as well as other generous contributions, make the work possible. Additional donations continue to be accepted for the mission to ensure future generations have an opportunity to hear the magnificent sounds of the unique instrument. PDF of Press Release
August 2021: Auditorium leadership made a request to Louisville METRO Council to fund upgrades for the historic public auditorium, which has not had any improvements since 1954. Help with the campaign by contacting your elected district council representative and ask to support the project which will impact the entire community. Youtube Video
Annual fundraising campaign kicks off with presenting a request to the Louisville METRO Council budget committee handling fund distribution from the (ARP) American Rescue Plan. The focus is to invest in the community's only public auditorium and WWI War Memorial honoring veterans from Jefferson County and Louisville communities. The auditorium has not received any major upgrades since the 1954 renovation. Such an investment would preserve the historic multi-purpose facility for future generations. Youtube Video
Louisville Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Inc. was created as a fundraising non-profit organization focusing to preserve the facility, add modern heat and air systems, update the seating, lighting & sound systems and plaster repairs, while supporting the ongoing preservation of the Pilcher Pipe Organ and historic flag collection.
The Wyncote Foundation awarded a $75,000 matching grant to the Foundation for further restoration of the World’s Largest Pilcher Pipe Organ. The William H. Bauer Foundation is donating an additional $33,000 to support the project.
Premiering our NEWSLETTER devoted to the preservation of the Louisville Memorial Auditorium. Feedback welcome!
Grant applications and fundraising efforts are planned to preserve the historic flag collection from World Wars I and II. Improving the ventilation of the flag cases will be a priority. Last year the cases were cleaned and more energy efficient lighting was installed.
Placards were produced from research into the origins of the flags. For years, guests and visitors admired the collection; however, their interesting history was never understood.
Additional plans include further research of the flag room where the original 20' tall mahogany cases once proudly displayed the massive collection. Unfortunately, past roof issues caused damage to the room and contents, consisting of historical documents, book, photos and other artifacts.