Upcoming Mini Reunions


Louisville, KY Mini Reunion

September 20-23, 2018

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Dear Classmates and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the Class of 1961 Louisville, KY Mini reunion on September 20-23, 2018. We hope you will find our program to be interesting and the special social events a wonderful way to renew our connections. Please plan to join us.

Agenda highlights: The enclosed agenda has been designed to give you a broad understanding and appreciation for this city on the Ohio River and its rich history. It was a city critical to the Union during the Civil War and was a vital center of commerce throughout the 19th century. However, the city faced many struggles after the Second World War and seemed doomed to mediocrity.

Only in the 1980s did the city reemerge with such things as the formation of the Humana Corporation, co-founded by David Jones (Y ’60 LLB) and the establishment of the UPS flight operations center in Louisville. Louisville is now a center for the health services industry and for nearly 200 enterprises taking advantage of the international freight operations of UPS.

Talks and tours have been arranged to give you exposure to this "northern-most southern city.” From the centrally located headquarters hotel, the historic Seelbach Hilton, you will be steps away from many of the sights of downtown Louisville. You will tour historic Main Street, many of whose buildings date back to the mid-19th century. You will see Old Louisville, a National Landmark Neighborhood with its array of 1890s Victorian mansions, one of the largest such communities in the country. You will be treated to a behind the scenes tour of Churchill Downs and even see a race or two. 

You will have the chance to visit the internationally acclaimed Yew Dell Gardens with its displays of horticultural wonders. You will also have a chance to take a private tour of the Speed Art Museum with its impressive permanent collections along with its current exhibit, "Picasso to Pollock.”

A visit to Louisville would not be complete without exposure to some to its unique cuisine. This food will be served in several memorable venues such as the historic Rathkeller Room (where Al Capone once hung out), the Pendennis Club (one of Louisville’s grand old private clubs), the Proof restaurant at the 21C Hotel and the wonderful River Valley Club along the Ohio River.

A highlight of the mini-reunion will be a possible midnight tour of the UPS Flight Operations Center at Louisville International Airport, a tour that is highly sought and rarely given. This tour will be strictly limited to 20 people so we encourage you to register early so you can be part of this unique experience. 

As an add-on to the mini-reunion, on Sunday, September 23, a tour will be offered to Columbus, Indiana to see the town that has been hailed as a center of mid-century modern architecture. The highlight of the tour will be a private tour of the J. Irwin Miller House and Gardens designed by Eero Saarinen. The grounds were designed by Dan Kiley and the interiors by Alexander Girard. For 60 years the house was the private residence of J. Irwin Miller (Y’31), former CEO of Cummins Engine, former Yale Trustee and Yale Medal Winner, and only recently has been open to the public. Due to space constraints, this tour will be limited to the first 26 registrants.

Registration: Mini-Reunion registration will be strictly limited to the first 80 registrants. We urge you to register early and well before the August 21 deadline.

The cost of the Yale Class of ’61 Louisville Mini-Reunion will be $595 per person. This fee includes all meals except lunch on Saturday. The cost of the optional day’s trip to Columbus, Indiana will be $100 per person.

Click here to register or go to https://tinyurl.com/KY1961.

Hotel Information: A limited number of rooms have been reserved (only through August 21) at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel, one of Louisville’s fine old hotels with a rich history. We encourage you to book your room(s) early. Once our room block is full, all subsequent reservations will be booked, if available, at the prevailing nightly rate which we anticipate to be much higher than our block rate. 

During our reunion all provided ground transportation will begin and return to the Seelbach Hilton.

Here are the specifics on the hotel: The Seelbach Hilton Hotel | 500 S. 4th Street |Louisville, KY 40202

Rooms: King or two beds: $185/night (plus taxes)

To make reservations: (800) 333-3399; Ask for "Yale Class of 1961 Mini-Reunion" (Reservation deadline August 21)

Dress: Casual/comfortable dress is appropriate for all daytime activities. Dinners on Friday and Saturday nights will require jackets and ties for men and dinner attire for women.

Travel: Louisville International Airport (SDF) is 20 minutes away from the hotel. Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Cincinnati International Airport (CVG) are each approximately a two hour drive from Louisville.

For those flying into Louisville International Airport and staying at the Seelbach Hilton, the hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the Louisville airport. You should contact the hotel directly for more information on this.

For those driving to the event and staying at the Seelbach Hilton, valet parking is available for $27/night and self-park is available for $18-$23/night.

We urge you to arrive on the afternoon of Thursday, September 20 so that you can join in the buffet dinner at the historic Rathskeller Room that evening.

If you plan to take the extra day’s trip to the Columbus, IN, we urge you to book flights that take into account that this tour ends at the Seelbach Hilton at 4:30 PM on Sunday, September 23.

Remember, this mini-reunion is limited to 80 attendees so make sure to register as soon as possible. As long as space remains, registration will be possible through August 21, 2018.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Louisville!

Henry & Marti Kuehn, Reunion Co-Chairs



Thursday, September 20, 2018
3 - 10 pm:  Check in at reunion headquarters Seelbach Hilton Hotel.

6 - 10 pm:  Welcome reception in the historic Rathskeller Room at the Seelbach Hilton. There will be a buffet dinner along with complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar is also available.

Friday, September 21, 2018

8 - 9 am:  Complimentary continental breakfast at the Seelbach Hotel

9 - 11 am: Welcoming comments from U. S. Congressman John Yarmuth (Y '69). Introductory talks on Louisville and the Ohio River by Tom Noland (Y '75), Sr. V. P. Corporate Communications at Humana, and Charles Parrish, retired historian for the Army Corps of Engineers.

11 am -  12:30 pm:  Tour the post-modern, iconic Humana Building and look out over the city and the river from the private 25th floor observatory.

12:30 - 1:30 pm:  Lunch at acclaimed Proof restaurant in the 21C Museum Hotel, flagship of Louisville-based 21C Museum Hotel chain.

1:30 - 4:30 pm:  Bus tour of historic parts of Louisville, ending up at Churchill Downs, site of the annual Kentucky Derby. There we will have a VIP tour of the facility, including the track, the museum and its rarely seen archives.

4:30 - 6:30 pm: Time on your own for resting up or exploring the downtown area right outside your centrally located hotel.

6:30 - 9:30 pm:  Walk two blocks for dinner of Louisville southern cuisine at the private Pendennis Club. Complimentary wine and beer will be available along with a cash bar.

10:30 pm - 1:30 am:  Special tour of UPS flight operations center at Louisville International Airport. Attendance at this event will be strictly limited to 20 people. Only the first 20 registrants will be able to attend this event.

Saturday, September 22, 2018
8 - 9 am:  Complimentary continental breakfast at the Seelbach Hotel

9 - 10 am:  Class meeting followed by a presentation by Rowan Claypool (Y ’80, Yale Medal Winner) describing Bulldogs in the Bluegrass, a highly successful Yale undergraduate intern program begun in Louisville and now emulated by Yale in several other cities.

10 - Noon: Exploration on your own along historic Main Street with its brand new Whiskey Row, Louisville Slugger Museum (where baseball bats are made), the Muhammad Ali Museum and the Frazier History Museum.

Noon - 1 pm:  Lunch on your own at one of the many eating establishments in historic downtown Louisville

1- 4 pm:  Choose to visit either a private tour of the Yew Dell Gardens with its world-famous horticultural displays or the Speed Art Museum. At the Speed we will be met by its director, Stephen Reily (Y ’86) and will be shown its important collections as well as its current show, "Picasso to Pollock.”

4 - 6 pm:  Free time to rest or explore more of Louisville on your own.

6:15 - 9:30 pm:  Busses will take you from the Seelbach Hilton to the private River Valley Club located on the banks of the Ohio River. During the reception there will possibly be entertainment from the Juggernaut Jug Band. This will be followed by dinner featuring Louisville cuisine. Throughout the evening there will be complimentary wine and beer as well as a selection of bourbons to sample.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
8 - 9 am: Complimentary continental breakfast at the Seelbach Hilton hotel.


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