Project Mission

The Little Brown Jug Oral History Project is an effort to capture the stories of people who have been involved with the Little Brown Jug harness race, a world-renown event, and one of the Triple Crown races for pacers. The Jug, as it is called, is a cultural touchstone for Delaware County Ohio and has been since the race’s inception in 1946.

The individuals interviewed for the LBJOHP include horse trainers, drivers, an announcer who has called the race for more than 50 years, long-time attendees including a woman who was at the first Jug, support people including a longtime blacksmith, the head of security for the race, and relatives of the race’s founder.

Our goal is to interview a wide range of people who can tell stories about the Jug, its traditions, the ways it has changed and stayed the same, and how it seems special to them. The stories and images that the oral history project collects will be accessible to researchers or others interested in the Jug.