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Brennan House Children Programs

The Brennan House Historic Home offers group tours by appointment. Please email for details:

As home to Preservation Louisville Inc., The Brennan House hosts many unique educational activities and events throughout the year targeting a wide range of audiences. These include:

Hands-On History

Preservation Louisville hosts an educational series designed to give participants an in-depth look at various preservation issues and methods of maintaining and preserving historic buildings. Called Hands on History, Preservation Louisville is co-sponsoring this lecture series along with the Metro Louisville Historic Landmarks Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Hands on History programs are presented with support from The Brown-Forman Corporation. Throughout the series, participants will learn practical, hands-on techniques for working with original materials and finishes to maintain, restore and preserve historic elements. Workshops are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm, September through April at The Brennan House Historic Home, 631 S. 5th St.. The registration fee is $20 for Preservation Louisville Members or $30 for non members.

Preservation S.O.S.: Save Our Shotguns

This program is meant to educate our community about Louisville’s large inventory of historic shotgun houses and what role they played in Louisville’s history. Preservation S.O.S is a program that involves shotgun-style home preservation projects that highlight and promote restoration of the existing housing stock of shotgun homes in Louisville. With the involvement of the many local organizations, Preservation Louisville hopes to teach not only shotgun homeowners, but also the entire community about the importance of Shotgun homes. Preservation Louisville hopes to inspire community members to care for these houses in their neighborhood and recognize them as an asset to our city. Preservation Louisville will strive to be a resource for the community in these preservation efforts.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops

Preservation Louisville is co-sponsoring Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshops. These workshops will be held quarterly and meant to help property owners learn how to utilize the historic preservation tax credit. Preservation Louisville along with the Kentucky Heritage Council will work with the workshop participants on how to qualify and apply for Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits that can equal up to 30% of their rehabilitation project's cost.

The Brennan House also offers a variety of tours and activities for children:

Growing Up Victorian

Our standard/basic program includes a brief timeline of the house and the Brennan family, a tour of the home, and a scavenger hunt.

Walk Around The Block

Starting with the standard tour of the home, this program also includes a walk around the block that starts at 5th Street and winds around 4th Street, exploring historic sites along the way and demonstrating the importance of the central business district in relation to downtown. The group will never cross a street!

Say Aaahhhhhh!

This program is an intimate look at the 1912 addition of Dr. J.A.O. Brennan's Medical Office, which contains his original exam table, instruments, books and other memorabilia. The program focuses on the evolution of medicine from 1901 through the 1940s, what role Dr. Brennan played in the community, and how the role of a doctor changed over time as seen in his practice.

Brennan House Scavenger Hunt

This program begins with a brief tour of the house and a 20-minute slide show about Louisville's development after the Civil War. Then students will have a blast exploring every nook and cranny of The Brennan House searching for a list of 15 items to be found throughout the home. This activity allows time for students to explore as well as find the items they are seeking, and requires that they write a description of each items as well.

The Brennan House Historic Home and Gardens | 631 South 5th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 | (502) 540-5145