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The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision that Changed American History

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An extensively researched and gracefully written biography, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington follows General Robert E. Lee on his often reluctant but always duty-bound journey through married life, military glory, and misfortune. Far from being the unabashed rebel one might suppose, Lee, the Confederacy’s most famous general, was divided between his desire to preserve a union he cherished…

Double V, a play by Larry Muhammad

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join The Filson Historical Society and the Muhammad Ali Center for a presentation of Double V, a 25-minute play written by Larry Muhammad based on the career of Louisville Defender publisher Frank Stanley. Stanley was a crusading black newsman during World War II who helped persuade President Truman to desegregate the US Military. The play will be preceded by a…

Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke – Carver Clark Gayton

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lewis George Clarke published the story of his life as a slave in 1845, after he had escaped from Kentucky and became a well-regarded abolitionist lecturer throughout the North. His book was the first work by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress and copyrighted. During the 1840s he lived in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Aaron…

More American than Southern: Kentucky, Slavery, and the War for an American Ideology, 1828-1861 – Gary R. Matthews

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
When Fort Sumter fell to Confederate troops in April 1861, most states quickly declared their allegiances to the North or South. Kentucky, however, assumed an antiwar posture that outlasted Fort Sumter by five months, begrudgingly joining the Union cause only when Confederate troops marched into the state and seized the town of Columbus. With its hesitancy to make an immediate…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - March 8 @ 7:00 pm
The 8th Annual Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series honors and recognizes Henry’s devotion and distinguished contributions to The Filson Historical Society.  The series affirms Henry’s personal involvement and commitment to life-long learning, scholarship and education. When Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. designed Central Park in New York City in the 1850s, he made intentional what until then had been random…

Blues Night featuring the 10th Street Blues Band

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join the 10th Street Blues Band for an evening of blues hits from the 1950s and 60s. Blues is a key part of Louisville’s history, with its roots dating back to the early 20th century. Several legendary blues artists called the River City home, including Sylvester Weaver, who recorded the first blues guitar record in 1923. Other local blues legends…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The 8th Annual Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series honors and recognizes Henry’s devotion and distinguished contributions to The Filson Historical Society.  The series affirms Henry’s personal involvement and commitment to life-long learning, scholarship and education. When Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. designed Central Park in New York City in the 1850s, he made intentional what until then had been random…

Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Craft Distilling and Tourism in Louisville

February 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
With the growing popularity of bourbon and craft distilleries, bourbon tourism is booming in Louisville. “Craft Distilling and Tourism in Louisville” is an opportunity to talk with some of the people who are embracing craft distilling and leading the way as the city continues to rewrite what it means to be the center of the bourbon world. The featured guests…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The 8th Annual Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series honors and recognizes Henry’s devotion and distinguished contributions to The Filson Historical Society.  The series affirms Henry’s personal involvement and commitment to life-long learning, scholarship and education. When Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. designed Central Park in New York City in the 1850s, he made intentional what until then had been random…
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