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New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - October 10 @ 2:00 pm
The University of Louisville’s Arts and Culture Partnership and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South announces a three-day academic conference to explore the environmental history of North America. The conference, which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, at the University of Louisville and The Filson Historical Society, is part of the…
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Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
When World War II broke out in Europe in 1939, Kentucky was still in the thick of the Great Depression. Though the inevitability of war had been apparent for months, citizens viewed foreign affairs with less interest than issues closer to home, such as lingering economic depression, the approaching planting season, and the upcoming gubernatorial race. The illusion of peace…

A Walking Tour of South Fourth Street with Tom Owen

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join Archivist and Louisville historian Tom Owen on a leisurely walking tour of a frequently overlooked but rapidly changing Downtown Louisville South.  While there will be plenty to recall from our center city’s old convention center, retail core, and movie row, there’s also been a lot happening in the area with more on the drawing board.   Meet in front of…
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The Wilson Deception

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Wilson Deception, the second in a presidential mystery series by historian David O. Stewart, uses a cast of vividly drawn characters including T.E. Lawrence, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill, blends expertly researched history and suspense against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference and Europe in the wake of World War I. Stewart explores the truth behind the…

Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times introduces a history as dynamic and diverse as Kentucky itself. Covering the Appalachian region in the east to the Pennyroyal in the west, the essays highlight women whose aspirations, innovations, activism, and creativity illustrate Kentucky’s role in political and social reform, education, health care, the arts, and cultural development. The collection features women with well-known…

The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In late December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of impromptu, unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man’s Land abandoned their trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and cigarettes, and even play a little soccer. Collectively known as the Christmas Truce, these fleeting moments of peace occupy a mythical place in remembrances of World War…

Our Shared History – The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Most Americans are familiar with major Civil War battles such as Manassas (Bull Run), Shiloh, and Gettysburg, which have been extensively analyzed by generations of historians. However, not all of the war’s engagements were fought in a conventional manner by regular forces. Often referred to as “the wars within the war,” guerrilla combat touched states from Virginia to New Mexico.…

Movie Premier – I Remember the Old Home Very Well: The Lincolns in Kentucky

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kent Masterson Brown and Witnessing History present the premier of "I Remember the Old Home Very Well: The Lincolns in Kentucky." More details about this event will be posted soon.

Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America’s Greatest President

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
When John Wilkes Booth fired his derringer point-blank into President Abraham Lincoln’s head, he set in motion a series of dramatic consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and Americans alike. In a split second, the story of a nation was changed. During the hours that followed, America’s future would hinge on what happened in a cramped back…
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