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The Salvation Army Emergency Canteen was a mobile kitchen sent to aid relief workers after the fire. Photograph available in Faces and Places.

The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire occurred 40 years ago on Saturday, May 28, 1977. The tragic fire claimed over 160 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in the history of the United States. Many families in Northern Kentucky were affected by the fire, whether they lost loved ones, survived the fire, or assisted in the recovery efforts.

If you are interested in researching more about your own families’ connections to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, the Kenton County Public Library can help you with your search. First, Faces and Places includes images of individuals who were at the Beverly Hill Supper Club the night of the fire, as well as firemen, emergency responders, doctors, and clergy. There are also images of the Beverly Hills Supper Club before and after the fire, and other locations connected to the fire, including the temporary morgue at the Fort Thomas Armory, and Saint Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas.

The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index contains indexed entries for May 30, 1977 in the Cincinnati Post. The paper was devoted to the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire. Included in the indexing are a list of names of those who perished, and those who were still missing. If you are looking for an obituary of a family member, there is a special three-page section of indexing for Beverly Hills Supper Club obituaries in List of Deaths from the Kentucky Post 1977-1978 by Wanda Blackburn Beiser.

Boy scouts searched the area around the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire. Photograph available in Faces and Places.

The Local History and Genealogy Department offers One-on-One Genealogical Research Assistance for anyone needing assistance with genealogical or local history research. If you would like assistance in researching a member of your family involved in the events of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire please contact the department at (859)962-4070 and schedule an appointment.

Read more about the Beverly Hills Supper Club before and after the fire in these books in our collection:

Additional information about the history of the Beverly Hills Supper Club and the fire can be found in our Local History Files, searchable on GeNKY. The Local History Files are available in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch. Ask a staff member at the information desk to view the following files related to the Beverly Hills Supper Club:

  • Nightclubs
  • Fires – Beverly Hills
  • Fires
  • Campbell County – History

Learn more about the people who assisted during and after the fire in our latest display in the Local History and Genealogy Department at our Covington branch.

This blog was written by Cierra Earl, MA Local History and Genealogy Department Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library.

 

 

 

 

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