Give the Gift of History

  There is still time to support The Filson this year! As the year draws to a close think about giving the gift of history to a loved one. Give a Gift to the Capital Campaign: The Filson is now accepting orders for a limited number of personalized, engraved wood panels, that will be permanent fixtures in the beautiful Event Hall in the […]

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Happy Veterans Day!

Every year since 1938, the United States of America has celebrated Veteran’s Day (formerly known as Armistice Day). We would like to thank our veterans for their service to our country.

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Get Involved in our Campus Expansion Project: Purchase A Wall Panel!

You have heard about The Filson Campus Expansion Project. You may have even attended our Groundbreaking Ceremony in May. Now, we are pleased to offer you a new and unique way to get involved in our Project. Our architect firm, De Leon and Primmer, has created a magnificent design for our new building, The Owsley Brown II History Center, including […]

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The Filson Celebrates Riverboats and the Belle’s 100th

Steamer J M White by Harlan Hubbard

Just in time for the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, which will feature 6 riverboats on Louisville’s waterfront and events around town next week, all in honor of the 100th anniversary of the launching of the Belle of Louisville, the Filson is proud to present a week of events and an exhibit of steamboats, riverboats, and Ohio River-related materials from our collections. The exhibit, […]

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Free Screening of Rare Filson Films At August 1st Market St. Trolley Hop!

Free Screening August 1st

If you missed The Filson Historical Society’s packed June 13th screening of this rare, amateur film footage of Louisville, Indianapolis, and the region, here’s your chance to see it at Dreamland! In 2013 The Filson, with support from the community through a Power2Give.org fundraising campaign, preserved three historic films from the Judge Arthur E. Hopkins Collection. Judge Hopkins (1881-1944) was […]

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The Campus Expansion Project: Construction Has Begun

The Filson Historical Society’s Campus Expansion Project is well underway. Our contractors, Wehr Realm, wasted no time after the official groundbreaking ceremony on May 8th. They prepped the site, poured test pilings, excavated the new building’s footprint, and have begun to pour the foundation! To prep the site, the contractors had to make some changes to the parking lot on […]

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An Early Louisville Grocer, Illuminated

By James Prichard At first glance, the old volume seems to be devoid of any historical value. Yet like all original documents available for research in the Filson’s Special Collections Department, the worn ledger book of local grocer John L. Johnston (c. 1821-1878) reflects the man and his times. A native of Ireland, Johnston initially formed a partnership with fellow […]

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Gift Membership Special!

In honor of the Holiday season, The Filson Historical Society is offering a 10% discount on gift memberships. Filson Membership makes the perfect gift for the history buff on your list or for the person who has everything else! A Filson membership lasts for a whole year and gives the recipient online access to our publications and resources, a yearlong […]

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Recollections of 9/11

I woke up this morning remembering the first September 11, as I do every year. Previously, it was a day just like any other day. I went to school that morning, riding the bus. I went to my 1st period English class. I don’t even remember what we were studying. I was trying to be invisible. I remember that I […]

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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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