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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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Marianne Eaves
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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:





Alan Lytle has more than 25 years of experience as a Kentucky broadcaster. Over that span he has earned multiple awards for anchoring, writing and producing news & features for WUKY. He took home the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021.