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Filson Friday | No Laughing Matter: Preserving Cartoons in The Filson’s Special Collections

July 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Humor is an integral part of the human experience.  Even so, it is hard to define for what is funny to one person is not necessarily so to another.  And although cartoonists are in the business of making people laugh, they are often engaged in a serious venture.  Cartoonists have used humor to encourage people to think in new ways,…
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A Filsonian in the Mountains: Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston’s Life and Work in Appalachia

July 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R.C. Ballard Thruston, president of The Filson from 1923 until 1946, led the organization through a pivotal period following the death of its founder, Col. Durrett, and helped establish The Filson as a respected research facility. Long before he helped shape The Filson’s future, he played a role in the history of Appalachia by his work with the Kentucky Geological…
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Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Craft Distilling and Tourism in Louisville

July 23 @ 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…
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Filson Friday: Treasures in The Filson’s Collection

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Filson Historical Society has been collecting and preserving historical material for over 130 years. Over that time, The Filson has acquired a nationally renowned collection of manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts. Many of these items are unique and historically priceless. From this vast collection, Curator Jim Holmberg has selected a sampling of some of the institution’s most…
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Filson Friday | Mammoth Cave Photography: The Story Behind our H.C. Ganter Lantern Slide Collection

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mammoth Cave National Park is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles of underground passageways. From its early days through today, people from around the world have been curious about this natural wonder.  Photography has played an important role in documenting this lush region in Kentucky, with the first images taken in Mammoth Cave in 1866…
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Kentucky Bourbon Barons

August 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
If you like your history with a side of bourbon, then you won’t want to miss this four-hour seminar with Filson Bourbon Historian Michael R. Veach. “Bourbon Barons” is a seminar that is steeped in bourbon basics and teaches it through the eyes of key individuals in the history of bourbon. Michael will discuss the lives of William L. Weller…
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Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm – Enhancing Your Flavor: Bourbon Cooking

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kentucky bourbon ranks right up there with apple pie as a classic American offering. In addition to the traditional drinks and desserts, bourbon is finding its way into mainstream cooking with the advent of bourbon flavored barbecue sauces, marinades, and spices, making it easier to add a little Kentucky flavor to an otherwise commonplace dish. Join Michael R. Veach for…
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The Blind Tiger at Oxmoor Farm: Prohibition-era cocktails with Molly Wellmann

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Originating in the 19th century, the term “blind tiger” applied to an establishment that sold alcoholic beverages illegally. The proprietor of a saloon or bar would charge a fee to see an attraction (the blind tiger) and then give attendees a complementary drink. This was one way that people circumvented the law during prohibition. The Blind Tiger at Oxmoor Farm…
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Music Under the Trees featuring The Louisville Leopard Percussionists and Squeeze-bot

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join The Filson Historical Society for our annual Music Under the Trees event at Oxmoor Farm! This year, we are proud to present two fabulous groups: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a performing ensemble featuring 60+ student musicians ranging in age from 7-14, and Squeeze-bot, a unique local band that blends jazz, pop, blues, and funk music into a bold new…
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