Interview with Frenchie Sweatt, March 21, 2014

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

  • Description
  • Play Interview
  • Rights & Request
  • Citation

Interview Summary

Vancena "Frenchie" Sweatt has worked in the bourbon industry for 29 years and is currently the plant administrator for Diageo North America. In this interview she discusses how she came to work in the bourbon industry and the various jobs she has held over the years. She talks about the downsizing of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery (also called the Old Fitzgerald Distillery) and its eventual resurgence. She discusses the trend of families often working in the bourbon industry together as well as the lack of diversity in higher positions within the industry. She talks about how the industry has changed since she began working and about the improvements in technology over time.

Sweatt discusses mentoring Andrea Wilson, the plant manager. She also talks about one of Diageo's new product lines, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project. She talks about the future of the bourbon industry and her own legacy.

Interview Accession

2014oh040_bik042

Interviewee Name

Frenchie Sweatt

Interviewer Name

John Gregory

Interview Date

2014-03-21

Interview Rights

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Interview Usage

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Restriction

No Restrictions

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Add this interview to your cart in order to begin the process of requesting access to a copy of and/or permission to reproduce interview(s). 


Sweatt, Frenchie Interview by John Gregory. 21 Mar. 2014. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Sweatt, F. (2014, March 21). Interview by J. Gregory. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Sweatt, Frenchie, interview by John Gregory. March 21, 2014, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7gxd0qv915


Share