Interview with Charles E. Barnhart, September 2, 1997

Project: Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this session, Dr. Charles E. Barnhart discusses his position as the Dean of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky and its statutory responsibilities, in addition to running the College and states his tenure of the State Fair Board "ran concurrently with my tenure as Dean of the College of Agriculture". He talks about the Kentucky State Fair, the interaction between Louisville, Kentucky politics and tourism development, describing his involvement in total State Fair Board business and his support of many non-agricultural activities that surrounded both the Fair and Exposition Center and the Commonwealth Convention Center. Barnhart talks about his responsibilities as a member of various State Fair Board committees, saying that he was chairman of the State Fair Committee more than once and discusses the politics of some of these appointments.

Barnhart talks about the remodeling of the baseball stadium (Fairgrounds Stadium) into a football stadium for the University of Louisville, and how it was eventually named Cardinal Stadium. He discusses the issues surrounding scheduling and uses of Freedom Hall in terms of exhibitions and college basketball and the plans for its renovation. He recalls the conflict with Governor John Y. Brown, who wanted to make Freedom Hall a better place to play basketball, while Barnhart wanted to preserve the characteristics of the Freedom Hall arena to maintain the continuity and prestige of the World's Championship Horse Show.

Interview Accession

1997oh059_af574

Interviewee Name

Charles E. Barnhart

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1997-09-02

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Barnhart, Charles E. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 02 Sep. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barnhart, C.E. (1997, September 02). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barnhart, Charles E., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. September 02, 1997, Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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