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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Little Loomhouse / Happy Birthday to You

 
 
The Little Loomhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
1. The Little Loomhouse Marker
Inscription.  
The Little Loomhouse
Lou Tate Bousman (1906-79), born in Bowling Green, Ky. During Arts & Crafts movement, at Pres. Hoover’s request, she traveled Appalachia preserving historic coverlet patterns. Her work with Mrs. Hoover led to the development of her Little Loom. Eleanor Roosevelt ordered linens for the White House from Tate. Educated hundreds of people on hand weaving at the Little Loomhouse, 1937-1979.

Happy Birthday to You
Mildred Jane Hill and Patty Smith Hill, noted kindergarten & music teachers, had summer residence on Kenwood Hill, known as Hill House. In 1893, the sisters published song, “Good Morning to All.” During a birthday party held in the Little Loomhouse, Patty suggested that the words be changed to “Happy Birthday to You.” It’s one of the three most popular songs in English.
 
Erected 2009 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2298.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music
Happy Birthday to You Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
2. Happy Birthday to You Marker
Education. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 9.676′ N, 85° 46.388′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Kenwood Drive and Kenwood Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on West Kenwood Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iroquois Amphitheater / Works Progress Admin., 1935-1943 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kenwood Drive-In (approx. 0.6 miles away); Naval Ordinance Plant / Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" (approx. ¾ mile away); Southern Parkway / Iroquois Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Douglas Park Racetrack (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fenley Family / Fenley Family Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wisertown / St. Andrew's Church Road (approx. 2.2 miles away); St. Andrew's Catholic Church / Early Catholic Church (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lou Tate Bousman 1906-1979. From the Little Loomhouse website. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. The Little Loomhouse (Wikipedia)
The Little Loomhouse / Happy Birthday to You Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
3. The Little Loomhouse / Happy Birthday to You Marker
. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
3. Asset Detail | Little Loomhouse (PDF). National Register of Historic Places registration and photographs. (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Patty (left) and Mildred Hill image. Click for full size.
By Western Kentucky University
4. Patty (left) and Mildred Hill
Esta Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
5. Esta Cabin
This cabin, one of three that comprise the Little Loomhouse, is where the Hill sisters composed "Happy Birthday to You".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Feb. 27, 2021