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Filson Fright Night Halloween Party

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a night of fun and fright if you dare! Come explore the darker side of The Filson at our historical Halloween Fright Night Party.  Admission includes an evening of ghost stories, macabre artifacts, and images from our collections, as well as haunting musical performances by Dane Waters and Jonathan Wood, while a tarot card reader offers our…

Dramatic Performance: Who Shot Governer Goebel? (1869-1932)

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Please join us at Oxmoor Farm for a dramatic performance by Duane Murner entitled Who Shot Governer Goebel? (1869-1932) by Chautauqua, Kentucky Humanities Council.   Free to members; $10 for non-members.  Reservations are required.  Please use the EventBrite link below to make your reservation, or call The Filson at 502-635-5083.      

Embattled Capital: Frankfort Kentucky in the Civil War – James M. Prichard

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
As citizens of the capital city of a border state, the people of Frankfort were fated to feel the effects of the Civil War with particular harshness. Frankfort’s citizens held nearly every possible opinion on the critical issues of that turbulent time, and people came to the town from all across Kentucky to shape the state government’s part in the secession crisis and the…

Half Horse, Half Alligator: Kentuckians in the War of 1812

November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
More Kentuckians served and died in the War of 1812 than any other state. From the defeats and victories in the Old Northwest to the stunning victory at New Orleans, Kentuckians played an important role in what many call the “Second War for American Independence.” Using letters, documents, portraits, prints, and artifacts from The Filson’s collection, Curator of Collections Jim…

The Ordeal of the Reunion

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
By Mark Wahlgren Summers For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently emancipated for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. In The Ordeal of the Reunion, Mark Wahlgren Summers goes beyond this vitally important question, focusing on Reconstruction’s need to form an enduring Union without…

Filson Bourbon Salon Part 4: Top Bourbon Bars

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This is the fourth in a series of The Filson’s Bourbon Salon Tastings to take place in the Library of historic Oxmoor Farm. Moderated by Michael Veach, this evening will focus on three different bourbon bars in three different cities, each with a distinctive theme.  One bar sells bourbon with only a limited cocktail selection, one sells bourbon with a…

Filson Bourbon Academy – The Ravens Club, Ann Arbor, MI

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Enhance your appreciation of bourbon and increase your knowledge of Kentucky whiskey products at The Filson Bourbon Academy.  This educational seminar and tasting is supported by the Kentucky Distillers Association, and the The Ravens Club. This six-hour course will take place on November 15, 2014 at the Ravens Club, 202 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The class will be led by…

The 2014 Filson Bourbon Challenge

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Filson Bourbon Challenge is a blind tasting event where participants will sample five bourbons in unknown order, with the winner receiving two bottles of rare Orphan Barrel bourbons. The list of bourbons will be provided the day of the event and each participant be asked to identify the order.  A brief history of each bourbon will be provided as…

Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
By Jim Madison Who are the people called Hoosiers? What are their stories? Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, they were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy. Down to the…
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