Post-Conference Tour

December 13, 2018

ERME Post-Conference Tour Summary

  • Cost – $60 per person (which includes lunch, transportation, and fees for all tour stops)
  • Departure – Thursday afternoon immediately following the Conference
  • Stop #1 – Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs
  • Stop #2 – The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice, University of Louisville (Underground Railroad History)
  • Stop #3 – Hermitage Farm (Famous Thoroughbred Farm)
  • Return – Approximately 5:30 pm (to The Brown Hotel)
  • Please note that SPACE is LIMITED, and a SEPARATE registration is required for the tour. See the “Register” page on this website for the link (and then scroll down below Guest Registration). A different credit card than the one used for conference registration may be utilized if desired.

ERME Post-Conference Tour Description

The Extension Risk Management Education 2019 National Conference is pleased to offer an optional educational tour on Thursday afternoon April 4 immediately following the conference. The conference location in Louisville offers a unique opportunity to learn about Kentucky’s equine industry and Louisville’s importance in the Underground Railroad and subsequent civil rights history.

The first Saturday in May marks the annual run for the “Run for the Roses”. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sports event in American history. Rich in traditions, the Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville at Churchill Downs. The first tour stop will be at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs for lunch, presentations on Kentucky’s equine industry economics, risk challenges and insights on the horse racing industry plus tours of the track and museum.

The second stop will showcase aspects of Louisville’s rich civil rights history. After the American Revolution, slavery ended in the northern states but became entrenched in the south creating a border within the United States, with slavery legal on one side and illegal on the other.  The goal of slaveholders and slave-catchers was to defend that border.  The goal of fugitive slaves was to reach and cross it. Driven by a quest for freedom, thousands of enslaved African Americans chose this path—from a trickle in the 1600s to a floodtide of hundreds of thousands during the Civil War.  The 1793 and later 1850 Fugitive Slave Acts criminalized assistance to fugitive slaves. True “friends of the fugitive” stood not only for freedom but risked their lives and livelihoods for the possibility of multiracial democracy in the United States.  For these reasons, the Underground Railroad stands as one of the most powerful and sustained multiracial human rights movements in American history. Given the geography of American slavery, Kentucky became central to the Underground Railroad as the key border state and the Ohio River became a veritable “River Jordan” for black freedom seekers (The Underground Railroad). The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, at the University of Louisville will lead the second stage of the tour to present Louisville’s history and unfinished agenda in building a bridge between research and action for racial and social justice.

The final stop on the tour will be Hermitage Farm. Established in the early 1800’s, Hermitage has been a working farm for two centuries. Under Warner and Harriet Jones, Hermitage became one of the most famous thoroughbred farms in the nation. Warner Jones is the only person to breed winners of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and a Breeders’ Cup race. In addition, Jones set the Keeneland yearling auction sales record of $13.1 million in 1985 for Seattle Dancer (By Nijinsky out of My Charmer). The farm’s current ownership of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson continues to build on Hermitage’s rich equine history while managing financial risks, geographical challenges of being distant to the center of Thoroughbred breeding in Lexington, and urban development economic pressure. Our April date will be quintessential to see the farm and the new foal crop in spring glory.

We will return to the conference hotel around 5:30 pm. Note the Louisville metropolitan population is over one million people so while a traffic delay is not anticipated, the risk is not zero.

The cost to attend the tour is $60 per person and includes lunch.