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The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

April 7 @ 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…

Our Shared History – The Construction of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge in Pictures

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In 2013, The Filson Special Collections Department processed two very different photographic albums documenting the construction of the Louisville Municipal Bridge, now officially named the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, but mostly known to residents on both sides of the river as the Second Street Bridge. The albums contain landscape images of the bridge under construction as well as intimate…

Blues Night featuring the 10th Street Blues Band

April 10 @ 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 Bullitt Basics: The Bullitt Family Papers as an Example of the Importance of Primary Resources in Research

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Primary sources are an essential part of research. Whether historical, architectural or other type of research; letters, diaries, ledgers, photos, plans, and other types of primary sources are crucial to producing the books, articles, films, etc. from which we learn about our past. Researchers come to The Filson from across the nation and abroad to use many of these unique…

William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Born to Anglo-American parents on the Appalachian frontier, captured by the Miami Indians at the age of thirteen, and adopted into the tribe, William Wells (1770–1812) moved between two cultures all his life but was comfortable in neither. Vilified by some historians for his divided loyalties, he remains relatively unknown even though he is worthy of comparison with such famous…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

April 21 @ 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: Remembering the Stitzel-Weller Distillery

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Please note that this event is $50 per ticket. Back by popular demand! In the book But Always Fine Bourbon, Sally Van Winkle Campbell states, “Stitzel-Weller’s history is rich with stories of all that was gained: a company and a family populated with characters and possessing a set of values that are 100 proof – full strength and undiluted.” We…

The Eleventh Hour

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In late November 1943, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Joint Chiefs of Staff secretly boarded the battleship USS Iowa to attend a conference in Tehran with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, where the Allies would come to an agreement on a war plan to defeat Germany. Although Roosevelt’s preparation at sea established the…

“Young Faces in Old Spaces” Bicycle House Tour

May 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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