Upcoming Events at The Filson Historical Society

Are you looking for things to do now that summer has come and gone? Look no further than The Filson Historical Society for programs to keep you entertained. We have a busy month of programs coming up during the month of October. These programs cover a wide range of topics from Bourbon to ghost stories. More information for these programs […]

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Eloquence is Power: Tom Marshall of Kentucky

By James Prichard In today’s world of speechwriters, sound-bites and teleprompters, it seems traditional oratory is a dying art. Yet for most of the nation’s history, public speaking was widely regarded as a form of mass entertainment and a key to political prominence. “Eloquence,” as John Quincy Adams once wrote, “is power.” During the golden age of American oratory statesmen […]

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What do all of these images have in common?

By Sarah Strapp What do all of these images have in common? Other than being in The Filson’s collection, all of these images are prints. They are an engraving, an etching, a mezzotint, or a lithograph. These terms tell us how these images were made. Each is a different way to make a printed image on a page and all […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

By Jamie Evans It’s that time of year, where we begin dreaming of vacations, beach days, and lazy summer afternoons. The kids are out of school, time slows down just a bit, and we all relax. Yes, it is definitely summertime. The Filson is back again this year with our popular Filson Fridays lecture series. We had two great lectures […]

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Hunting Down History at The Filson

Are you looking for something different to do on these hot summer afternoons? Are you interested in learning the history of Louisville while exploring your community? If so, Hunting Down History is the event for you. This photo scavenger hunt takes participants all over Louisville in a race against time to discover answers to as many clues as you can. […]

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Podcast – Keynote Lecture by Dr. Altina Waller, The Filson Historical Society’s Spring 2013 Conference “The Roots of Feuding”

The Filson Institute Public Conference for Spring, 2013 was presented last week May 16-17.  As the title suggests, “The Roots of Feuding: How Economics, Culture, Political Power and Media Created an Atmosphere of Feuding in Appalachia” explored the roots of feud violence, the origins of questionable stereotypes associated with the region, and considers how outside sources contributed to the atmosphere of […]

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Upcoming Filson Programming

Are you looking for things to do during the summer? Come down to The Filson Historical Society and join us for our tours and programs. For those of you interested in tours, we have docents from the Speed Art Museum at The Filson. Your guide will lead you through the Ferguson Mansion while giving you the history and story behind […]

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Filson Fright Night: A wildly successful event!

You may have noticed a little silence on the blog last week. The staff of The Filson were getting ready for two big events: our first Filson Fright Night for the Young Filsonians, and the Fall Conference, The Long Struggle for the Ohio Valley, 1752-1815. Thanks for bearing with us, and we’re back to our regularly scheduled posts! The first […]

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