Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dorothy H. Crutcher, July 10, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Introduction / Hunt-Morgan House

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Partial Transcript: The first questions deal with a biography of yourself. So I'd like to know if you could tell us where you were born.

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher introduces herself and describes what prompted her interest in preservation. She talks about the community's support of saving the Hunt-Morgan House.

Keywords: Education; Hunt-Morgan House; Joe Graves; Lexington (Ky.); Parents

Subjects: Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Kentucky—Lexington; Restoration and conservation

00:04:38 - Trust finances / neighborhood associations and zoning

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any idea how the group intended to sustain itself financially? You know, as it formed, what was their concept?

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher discusses the Trust's methods for gaining financial support. She talks about the Trust's involvement with neighborhood associations and zoning laws.

Keywords: Donations; Events; Finances; Fundraisers; Funds; Lilly Foundation; Memberships; Preservation organizations; Zoning law

Subjects: Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; Historic districts--Conservation and restoration.

00:08:16 - The Trust's involvement downtown

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Partial Transcript: Was the Trust at all involved in, uh, in--did they attempt to be involved in the development of downtown?

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about how the construction of Citizens Bank in downtown Lexington impacted the Trust. She discusses the community's opposition to the building of the Lexington Center. She talks about her opposition to demolition in downtown.

Keywords: Adam Rankin House; Downtown; High Street; Lexington Center

Subjects: Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Kentucky—Lexington; Historic preservation—Kentucky; Lexington (Ky.); Urban renewal—Kentucky—Lexington.

00:12:12 - Local government and preservation / accomplishments of the Trust

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Partial Transcript: As a, a person who's very much involved in a non-profit, private organization, whose goal is preservation, whose, uh, whole lifeblood is preservation, how do you view the role of the government of Lexington-Fayette County in preservation here?

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about the local government's lack of interest in preservation efforts. She discusses the accomplishments of the Trust, including the restoration of the Hunt-Morgan House and Shakertown. Crutcher talks about being inspired by the preservation accomplishments of European cities.

Keywords: Communities; Downtown; Hunt-Morgan House; Lexington (Ky.); Politics; Shakertown; Support

Subjects: Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Kentucky—Lexington; Historic preservation—Kentucky; Pleasant Hill (Ky.)

00:16:03 - Outreach activities

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Partial Transcript: How would you evaluate the outreach programs of the Trust? Uh, programs such as Christmas in the Park, for instance.

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about the outreach programs of the Trust, especially the BGT Plaque Program and the revolving fund. She talks about how the general attitude toward preservation has changed over time.

Keywords: BGT Plaque Program; Christmas in the Park; Donations; Events; Fundraisers

Subjects: Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; Historic preservation—Kentucky; Restoration and conservation

00:20:02 - Notable advocates of preservation / personal preservation projects

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Partial Transcript: Which persons, uh, would you say have been instrumental in the change and growth of preservation in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about instrumental people in Lexington preservation. She talks about the future goals of the Trust. Crutcher describes her personal preservation projects.

Keywords: Education; Goals; Joe Graves; Leaders; Mrs. Lawrence Brewer; Mrs. Lawrence Crump; Van Deren Coke

Subjects: Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; Historic preservation—Kentucky; Restoration and conservation

00:23:28 - Being the first female president of the Trust

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Partial Transcript: You, uh, were president of the Trust. And, uh, in so being, was its first woman president. Uh, did you find any unique problems in holding down that position?

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about being the first female president of the Trust. She discusses historical homes that were lost during her presidency. She talks about her goal to strengthen member involvement within the Trust.

Keywords: Augustus Hall House; Challenges; Executive director; Goals; Hunt-Morgan House; Memberships

Subjects: Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Kentucky—Lexington; Historic preservation—Kentucky

00:27:49 - Conflicts within the Trust / future goals

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Partial Transcript: On a, uh, another kind of note, um, I understand that there was a point at which--I don't know if this would be proper term, rift, grew in, in, in the Trust somehow.

Segment Synopsis: Crutcher talks about conflicts within the Trust. She discusses other people who should be interviewed. Crutcher talks about what she would like the Trust to accomplish in the future. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: 1960s; Activity; Arguments; Disagreements; Goals; Members

Subjects: Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation; Historic preservation—Kentucky; Restoration and conservation