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The Filson Institute’s ’s Fall 2014 Public Conference: “The Hard Hand of War”

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - October 25 @ 5:00 pm
Lee Ann Whites (University of Missouri), Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University) and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South convene a three-day academic conference to explore the experience of civilians and irregulars during the Civil War. The conference, which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, at The Filson Historical Society, continues The…

Berry Craig – Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
During the Civil War, the majority of Kentuckians supported the Union, but one part of the state presented a striking exception. The Jackson Purchase—bounded by the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Tennessee River to the east—fought hard for separation and secession, and produced eight times more Confederates than Union soldiers. Supporting states’…

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…

The Filson Bourbon Academy at The Brooklyn Kitchen

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Come enhance your appreciation of bourbon and increase your knowledge of Kentucky whiskey with The Filson Bourbon Academy. The Bourbon Academy is led by Michael Veach, Filson Bourbon Historian. In the past 20 years Mike has dedicated his time studying the distilling industry, and in 2006 was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame.  Michael is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An…

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…
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