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The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series – “Our Declaration” – Danielle Allen

December 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 2nd Presbyterian Church, US Hwy 42 In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence altered the course of history. Written in 1776, it is the most profound document in the history of government since the Magna Carta, signed nearly 800 years ago in 1215. Yet despite its paramount importance, the Declaration, curiously, is…

Filson Bourbon Academy – Repeal Day Premium Bourbon Tasting

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the repeal of Prohibition at The Filson’s Repeal Day Bourbon Tasting.  Increase your knowledge of the Prohibition era and get a taste of history with vintage bourbons!  We will be sampling  rare bottles of prohibition era bourbon that are unique and longer being produced.  These bottles were stored for decades and then  recently donated to The Filson. Come…

“Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and America’s Memory” – Anna Sarah Rubin

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
By Anna Sarah Rubin Sherman’s March, cutting a path through Georgia and the Carolinas, is among the most symbolically potent events of the Civil War. In Through the Heart of Dixie, Anne Sarah Rubin uncovers and unpacks stories and myths about the March from a wide variety of sources, including African Americans, women, Union soldiers, Confederates, and even Sherman himself.…

Filson Bourbon Salon Part 5: Bourbon and Food

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This is the fifth in a series of The Filson’s Bourbon Salon Tastings to take place in the Library of historic Oxmoor Farm. Moderated by Michael Veach, the guests for this evening It has been said that bourbon, like wine, should be paired with certain foods to bring out the subtle flavors in both. While some may balk at trying…

A Christmas Reading by William McNulty – “A Christmas Memory”

December 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
By William McNulty So much of the holidays are about traditions and A Christmas Memory reading at Oxmoor Farm is a Filson tradition.  We invite you to share this evening with us in the historic library at Oxmoor Farm.  Actors Theatre’s William McNulty, who portrays Ebenezer Scrooge’s character in A Christmas Carol, will read the holiday classic, A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote.  William McNulty…

Modern Houses of Louisville

December 17 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Creative, innovative, and spectacular: Louisville has many unique and stylistic modern houses. However few know of them since most are in hidden, off-the-beaten-path locations. Local architect Steve Wiser and photographer Dan Madryga have documented these artistic residences in a new book entitled Modern Houses of Louisville. Steve and Dan will provide a talk on these homes’ fascinating history and design.…

Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Remembering the Stitzel-Weller Distillery

January 8, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come hear Julian Van Winkle, Sally Van Winkle Campbell, and Edwin Foote discuss their memories of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery. The Van Winkles grew up playing at the distillery while their family still owned a share of it. Listen to their stories about the distillery, their father J.P. Van Winkle Jr., and their grandfather “Pappy” Van Winkle. Edwin Foot had…

The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer

January 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Poet, social justice advocate, and theologian Thomas Merton (1915–1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. In his short lifetime, he penned over seventy books and maintained a brisk correspondence with colleagues around the globe. However, many Merton scholars and fans remain unaware of the significant body of letters that were exchanged between the Trappist…

Thirsty Thursday: The Night Before the Long Dry Spell

January 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Before it was the ubiquitous term for a night of heavy drinking, Thirsty Thursday had an entirely different meaning. Thursday, January 15, 1920, the original Thirsty Thursday, was the last day to legally purchase alcohol before Prohibition went into effect. Come join The Filson Historical Society as we celebrate the last day of legal alcohol sales with a tasting of…
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