Interview with Hamilton Tapp

  • Identifier1987oh059
  • Date5/1/1986
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeTapp, Hamilton
  • DescriptionDr. George Hamilton Tapp was a well-known Kentucky historian who spent most of his career teaching and writing. Dr. Tapp started his career teaching at various schools and institutions such as Pike County High School, Eastern Kentucky University (1923-1928), Louisville Male High School (1934-1944), and the University of Kentucky (1948-1971). While teaching at Louisville Male, Tapp began to write for the Filson Club History Quarterly and began publishing his work on Kentucky History. He eventually became the Editor for the Kentucky Historical Society (1971-1983). Dr. Tapp has written many articles over Kentucky history subjects, such as the Battle of Perryville, the Civil War, “Sesquicentennial History of Kentucky,” “Kentucky Decades of Discord, 1865-1900,” George Coblin, and Captain John Dewitt. He dedicated most of his life to the education system in Kentucky, where he acted as principal of Pike County High School, Superintendent of Eminence County school system (1928-1932), and he also worked for the State Department of Education (1944-1948). Tapp also played a major role in creating the Kentucky Life Museum in Lexington Kentucky.
  • LocationVersailles, KY
  • Duration1:18:13
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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