Send us your favorite Bernheim memory!

By Jenny Zeller

Our Story, Your Story, One Giant Story!  |

The story of how philanthropist and visionary, Isaac W. Bernheim, made his fortune by distilling bourbon in Kentucky is a good one. The story of his gifting the land that now makes up Bernheim Forest to the people of Kentucky nearly 90 years ago, for the purpose of renewal and the restoration of the bond between people and nature is a great one. The story of Bernheim’s continued efforts to fulfill I.W. Bernheim’s vision since 1929 is a special one.

But it’s the stories from our visitors that truly inspire and motivate us in our everyday work! Everyone has a Bernheim story, even if you haven’t been to Bernheim in years. Maybe you came here as a child or perhaps got married on Bernheim grounds. We hear these memories every day at work and even when representing Bernheim out on the streets.  And we love them!

In honor of Bernheim’s 90th anniversary in 2019, we are making a conscious effort to collect and share your stories and memories of Bernheim. In addition to your stories, both old and new, we are seeking any photographs, video footage and historical information you may have about Bernheim from the past 90 years. We also hope to capture interviews and expand upon the oral histories we have to date, so please let us know if you or someone you know has a great Bernheim story to share by contacting us at

Please note: Any information provided to grants Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest the permission to reuse this information in print and/or digital formats, as well as other public display for the promotion of its 90th anniversary in 2019 and beyond, to further the efforts of our mission of connecting people with nature.


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