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Members Only – The Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series – Session 2

February 11 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Session 2: Kentucky's Cause? Divided in their loyalties during the war, white Kentuckians firmly embraced the Lost Cause after the conflict. Politically, socially, and culturally, former Confederates ruled in the Bluegrass state. Dismayed at the emancipationist policies of the Lincoln Administration after 1863, an increasing number of Kentucky's conservative Unionists found solace in a narrative that stressed the honor and valor…

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Members Only – The Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series – Session 3

February 17 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Session 3: God's Cause? Many of Kentucky's Protestants shared a common way of reading and understanding the Bible before the Civil War that was widespread among American evangelical Christians. This shared approach was based on "common sense" understandings of the literal text of Scripture. Under the strains of war and emancipation, however, this common religious culture began to fray, and…

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Blues Night with the 10th Street Blues Band

February 19 @ 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…

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Preserving History, Culture and Arts: A Reflection of the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join The Filson Historical Society as we partner with the University of Louisville/Yearlings Club to host a discussion on the efforts to preserve the civil rights history and sites. The confirmed speakers for this event are: Raoul Cunningham, President, Louisville Chapter, NAACP and President, Kentucky State Conference Kirk Bright, Student Activist Connie Cosby Moderator: Dr. Shirletta Kinchen, Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies at The University of…

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Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Brandy, Bourbon’s Older, Sophisticated Sister

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kentucky has a rich tradition of distilling brandy from fruit. One of the world’s oldest distilled spirits, brandy was considered an essential part of daily life throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and it survived Prohibition only because it was marketed as a medicinal prescription or an ingredient for baking. Join The Filson for “Brandy: Bourbon’s Older, Sophisticated Sister,”…

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Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For two and a half years, Katherine J. Black crisscrossed Kentucky, interviewing home vegetable gardeners from a rich variety of backgrounds. Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners is the result, a powerful compilation of testimonies on the connections between land, people, culture, and home. The people profiled here share a Kentucky backdrop, but their life stories, as well as their gardens,…

The Filson Bourbon Academy

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come enhance your appreciation of bourbon and increase your knowledge of Kentucky whiskey products at The Filson Bourbon Academy. This educational seminar is supported by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. This eight-hour course will take place on Saturday, March 5 at Bourbon's Bistro. The class will be led by The Filson’s bourbon historian, Michael R. Veach, a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame and author of Kentucky Bourbon…

Oral Histories of Louisville’s African American Communities

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Louisville, like many cities in the south, was home to many African American neighborhoods and hamlets where residents moved there because of shared experiences and family ties. Join The Filson Historical Society and the Louisville Free Public Library for a morning of oral history as historian Carridder Jones shares stories of these neighborhoods found in her book Voices: From Historical…

Members Only – The Henry D. Ormsby III Seminar Series – Session 4

March 9 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Session 4: Kentucky's Confederate heritage and current-day controversies There are 61 Civil War monuments in Kentucky listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of that group, seven memorialize the Union, showing the impact that the Lost Cause had on Civil War memory in the state. In the last few decades, however, some of the more prominent Confederate-themed monuments have…

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