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Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee

January 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Forged on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the nineteenth century, jug band music was the early soundtrack for a new nation. Louisville was at the heart of it all. German and Irish immigrants, former slaves en route to Chicago and homesteaders moving into the city created a fertile ground for this new sound. Artists like Earl McDonald and his…

The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer

January 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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…

When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont

January 20, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tobacco has left an indelible mark on the American South, shaping the land and culture throughout the twentieth century. In the last few decades, advances in technology and shifts in labor and farming policy have altered the way of life for tobacco farmers: family farms have largely been replaced by large-scale operations dependent on hired labor, much of it from…

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

January 21, 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…

Archival Film: The Great Male/Manual Football Rivalry

January 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
It was once said that there were three major events in Kentucky sports: The Kentucky Derby, opening day for the Kentucky Colonels, and the annual Male/Manual football game. While the Derby is always a huge event, the latter is still true today, with the rivalry between Male High School and duPont Manual High School going strong nearly 122 years after…

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision that Changed American History

January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An extensively researched and gracefully written biography, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington follows General Robert E. Lee on his often reluctant but always duty-bound journey through married life, military glory, and misfortune. Far from being the unabashed rebel one might suppose, Lee, the Confederacy’s most famous general, was divided between his desire to preserve a union he cherished…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

February 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - March 8, 2015 @ 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…

The Henry D. Ormsby Seminar Series – Members Only

February 24, 2015 @ 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…
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