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Benovitz discusses her grandparents, Lithuanian immigrants, and her grandfather's work as a peddler; her father's dry goods business and the family's life in Carrollton, Mississippi, where they lived for twenty years before returning to Louisville in 1923; her husband's business in New Albany, which operated from 1941 until 1966; the Depression of the 1930s, World War II, and recent changes in the local Jewish community.
James H. Caufield, spouse of Ruth Caufield, was twenty-seven years old at the time of the 1937 flood. He lived with his wife and five-year-old child in an upstairs apartment at Sixth and Main in the west end of New Albany, Indiana. Mr. Caufield was the Assistant Manager at the Steiden's grocery store at the corner of Pearl and Market streets in downtown New Albany. The first floor of the Caufield's apartment building was flooded and they had to evacuate their home. They moved in with a family living in the east end of New Albany. Mr. Caufield talks about what it was like during the flood. He discusses the volunteer work that he did in the early stages and during the flood. He tells about events that happened during the flood and how the people in New Albany reacted during the flood. Index available.
Ruth Caufield, spouse of James Caufield, was twenty-four at the time of the 1937 flood. She lived with her husband and five-year-old daughter in an apartment at Sixth and Main streets in New Albany. Mrs. Caufield worked at Seinsheimer's clothing factory on Beeler Street in New Albany. The Caufield family's apartment was flooded and they moved in with a family living in eastern New Albany. Mrs. Caufield talks about the problems of maintaining a home during the flood. She gives her observation of what the flooded area was like, especially around New Albany High School, a building which was used as a temporary hospital during the flood. She tells about the time she realized that the flood was going to be a major disaster. Index available.
Interview related to the context and background of Dr. Courm's Lakota research papers donated to the Archives and Special Collections.
Sean and Ashley Deskins discuss their education, Kentucky life, and regional stereotypes. They talk about why they decided to host visitors for the World Affairs Council and what it is like accepting strangers into their home. Difficulties in language barrier, dietary concerns, and cultural differences are all topics of conversation. Sean and Ashley Deskins live in Louisville, Kentucky. Sean is an attorney, and Ashley is a real estate agent. Sean graduated from the University of Louisville while Ashley graduated form Eastern Kentucky University. They decided to host for the World Affairs Council after Sean received an award for his service to the community by the Council.
Linda Freeman is a retired registered nurse and Professor Emerita from the University of Louisville. While there, she developed the study abroad program for nursing students and traveled with students to England, Germany, France, and Russia. She was hired for a few months in 1975 to help open the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. Harold Freeman is a retired newspaper editor from the Courier-Journal, where he covered global issues and politics. Harold also served in the Peace Corps in Eritrea and last year, traveled to Ethiopia to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Peace Corps. The Freeman's have had considerable international experience which sparked their interest in hosting for the World Affairs Council. Both have been influential in Louisville and have become reliable World Affairs Council hosts. This interview contains a brief history of their experiences hosting international professionals and shows how the digital age and the fall of the Soviet Union affected their experiences as hosts.
Audrey Marguet was twenty-five at the time of the 1937 flood. She lived at 1902 Charlestown Road in New Albany with her husband and three-year-old daughter. The Marguets' home was not in the flood area; however, because there was no water or electricity, they moved in with Mrs. Marguet's husband's aunt who lived on a farm on Floyds Knobs in southern Indiana. Her parents' home in Louisville was in the path of the flood. They were forced to evacuate shortly before the floodwaters arrived. Mrs. Marguet talks about the apprehension she felt because she could not contact her family in Louisville. She heard many horrible rumors on the radio about victims of the flood and was extremely worried about the fate of her family. She also discussed what it was like living on the farm during the flood and stories she heard from her family about the flood. Index available.
Hunting in India in 1961.
Refugee interview series (Bosnia)
Veterans History Project