The Wisdom Project Podcast
About This Show
The Wisdom Project podcast is produced by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries. The podcast features stories drawn from oral history interviews and projects from the Nunn Center’s extensive collection of nearly 10,000 oral history interviews. Additionally, we will feature oral history-related news from all over the world.
Producers: Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry.
Most Recent Episode
#007 Trial by Fire: Looking back at the Heaven Hill Distillery Fire
Nov 7 16
On November 7, 1996, the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky experienced one of the most devastating distillery fires of all time. Seven bourbon warehouses were destroyed, 50% of the distilling building, as well the office building and several smaller buildings were severely damaged. Marking the 20th anniversary of the fire, this episode looks back from multiple perspectives, featuring Max Shapira (President), Craig Beam (Master Distiller), and Maj. Charles Montgomery (Firefighter). Interviews featured in this episode are from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Full interviews are searchable online:
Interview with Max Shapira: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7rn872z750
Interview with Craig and Parker Beam: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7pnv998w93
Interview with Maj. Charles "Chuck" Montgomery: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7w6m335355
Interview with 6 Master Distillers (Jimmy Russell, Bill Samuels, Chris Morris, Craig Beam, Jim Rutledge, Marc Coffman) : https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7nk9315h3p
View the initial news reporting (WHAS helicopter footage): https://youtu.be/v6XtnqDLC_k
The Wisdom Project Podcast is Produced by Doug Boyd and Kopana Terry
Assistant Producer of this episode: JD Caruthers
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