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Life's Work Oral History Project

“The preservation of our industry’s rich history is at the core of our mission at Keeneland. We look forward to continuing our efforts to share the tremendous passion for Thoroughbred racing, which is woven throughout these stories...It is fitting that the Keeneland Library is playing a role in capturing, celebrating and properly preserving the valuable stories of our industry for future generations.”

- Bill Thomason - Keeneland President and CEO  

Life’s Work Oral History Project captures, preserves, and promotes the treasured stories of the Thoroughbred industry.

Launched in 2019, Life’s Work is a unique collaboration between the Keeneland Library, the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, and Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN)

Life’s Work features video and oral interviews from prominent figures in the equine industry whose passion and livelihood have been devoted to the Thoroughbred. Conducted by respected journalist Chris McGrath and filmed by Keeneland Broadcast Services, the interviews will appear as monthly feature articles in TDN and as a feature video series in TDN Look

The state-of-the-art archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History maintains, preserves, and provides access to the initiative's interview indexes and videos. Throughout 2019 and 2020 the interviews will be released through the video catalog, which is fully searchable and available to the public here

The Nunn Center is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories. Life’s Work is the latest project between UK and Keeneland that focuses on the Thoroughbred industry.

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