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Saving Stories: Nunn Center for Oral History preserving experiences of women in Kentucky's signature bourbon industry

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Women In Bourbon
UK Nunn Center for Oral History
Marianne Eaves

This episode features excerpts from interviews with four women who work in the bourbon industry.

  • Elmer Lucille Allen, the first African American chemist at the Brown-Forman Company in 1966.
  • Marianne Eaves, the first female master distiller since Prohibition at Castle & Key Distillery.
  • Beth Burrows, American Whiskey Ambassador for Beam Suntory.
  • Colleen Thomas, senior director of marketing and member services, Kentucky Distillers Association.

Interviews for the Women in Bourbon Oral History Project were conducted by students in Dr. Janice Fernheimer’s WRD course in the spring semester of 2021, and is an ongoing collaboration between the Nunn Center and Dr. Janice Fernheimer.

Access the full interviews at the Nunn Center:





Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.