June 20, 2013
The Filson Historical Society and the Bourbon Women Association are hosting “Women and Kentucky Bourbon – A History.” The event will be held at The Filson Historical Society, and will explore the history of women and bourbon. “Women and Kentucky Bourbon” will feature many guest speakers, including Michael Veach Fred Minnick, Albert Schmid, and Joy Perrine, with each speaker talking for 5-10 minutes.
The evening will also include bourbon tastings and cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and bourbon-related books for sale. Wild Turkey is sponsoring this event. “Women and Kentucky Bourbon” is open everyone with an interest in bourbon history. 21 and over only, please.
Reservations are required. Please click on the EventBrite logo below to make your reservation.
June 21, 2013
In the post-Reconstruction period, Louisville’s African Americans established separate institutions to meet the medical needs of their community. Henry Fitzbutler, the first African American doctor to practice in Louisville, was instrumental in the establishment of a medical college for aspiring black physicians. His school, the Louisville National Medical College, opened in 1888 and operated in Louisville for nearly 25 years. Some graduates of the Louisville National Medical College went on to practice at the Red Cross Hospital—an inpatient facility founded by a group of black physicians in 1899. Come learn more about the institutions that were instrumental in meeting the medical needs of African Americans during segregation.
Jana Meyer is the Reference Librarian at The Filson. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.
June 22, 2013
This is a first-time Filson Scavenger Hunt of Louisville! Participants will arrive at The Filson Historical Society to receive the clues and rules of the hunt. Teams will be given a time limit to drive around and identify as many historical sites as possible. They will take a picture with either a phone or digital camera at each site. Once the time has run out and teams have returned to The Filson, points will be tallied while teams take a break with spirits and snacks. During the party, the prizes will be awarded. The prizes include Forecastle day passes and gift certificates and merchandise from local Louisville businesses.
$10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Please click on the EventBrite logo below to make your reservation.
June 25, 2013
Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war’s naval campaigns and their military leaders.
McPherson recounts how the Union navy’s blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war’s early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports. But in the end, it was the Union navy that won some of the war’s most important strategic victories.
James M.Mcpherson an American history expert and one of the most distinguished historians of our time, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Dr. McPherson was named the Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities for 2000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A professor at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Reservations are required.
June 28, 2013
More Kentuckians served and died in the War of 1812 than any other state. From the defeats and victories in the Old Northwest to the stunning victory at New Orleans, Kentuckians played an important role in what many call the “Second War for American Independence.” Using letters, documents, portraits, prints, and artifacts from The Filson’s collection to illustrate his presentation, Jim Holmberg recounts how Kentucky’s experience in the war is chronicled.
Jim Holmberg is a native of Louisville and holds a BA and MA from the University of Louisville in History. He joined the staff of The Filson in 1982 and currently serves as the Curator of Special Collections. In addition to curatorial duties, he writes and lectures on a variety of topics, the Lewis and Clark Expedition being a primary focus.