It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Filson’s Christmas Gift Guide

I don’t know about you, but to me, there is something magical about this time of year. I truly enjoy searching out unique gifts for my loved ones and spreading holiday cheer. Then there are the special holiday drinks and treats that you only taste right this time of year (hello eggnog, Danish butter cookies, and peppermint hot chocolate). To help you on your quest for the perfect gift, we’ve put together a Filson themed gift guide. These gifts will not just appeal to the history lovers in your life, but also to the person or people that are notoriously hard to shop for.

Gifts that keep on giving

Personalized Wall Panels in the new Owsley Brown II History Center

Placement of personalized wall panels in the Dan and Frances Street Hall

Placement of personalized wall panels in the Dan and Frances Street Hall

The Filson is accepting orders for a limited number of personalized, engraved wood panels that will be incorporated in the interior walls of the Dan and Frances Street Hall in the new Owsley Brown II History Center. Through this program, your name, or the name of someone you chose, will become a permanent part of The Filson's new building. Each panel you order will be engraved with the name(s) of your choice.  As permanent fixtures in this artistic and functional facility, these panels will be the ideal place to commemorate your support for The Filson, or honor someone special.  They make unique and memorable holiday, birthday, or anniversary gifts for the special “historian” in your life.

The sizes offered for the personalized wall slats.

The sizes offered for the personalized wall slats.

Our commemorative panels are offered in three sizes, at three one-time contribution levels, as shown below on the order form. Panels are available in limited quantities and will be produced when all available panels have been ordered.  You can order your panel online by visiting our Purchase a Panel page.  You may also order panels by calling Laura Kerr at (502) 635-5083.  We would like to have all panel orders in by the end of the year. This gift is an excellent way to support The Filson’s mission to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley and have your name (or the name of a loved one) forever immortalized.

Gift Memberships to The Filson

A gift membership to The Filson is truly a gift that keeps on giving. By giving a membership to The Filson, you are giving your loved ones the opportunity to attend over 100 lectures in 2016 for free or for the member price, online access to our podcasts and publications, and free or reduced price access to our research facilities. With memberships starting at just $25 for students and $50 for the general public, there is a membership level for everyone. To learn more about our membership levels, visit our membership page or give our Membership Coordinator Sarah Strapp Dennison and call at (502) 635-5083.

For the Book Lover

You may not know it, but The Filson currently has two published authors on staff with books for sale! These books are available in our library and depending on the day, you may be able to have the authors sign them for you.

Embattled Capital: Frankfort, Kentucky in the Civil War (Hardcover) by James M. Prichard.
Members: $38.17
Non-members: $42.35

James Prichard with his book, Embattled Capital.

James Prichard with his book, Embattled Capital.

As citizens of the capital city of a border state, the people of Frankfort were fated to feel the effects of the Civil War with particular harshness. Frankfort’s citizens held nearly every possible opinion on the critical issues of that turbulent time, and people came to the town from all across Kentucky to shape the state government’s part in the secession crisis and the conduct of the Civil War. Debate about the issues of the day was constant and virulent. This book tells the complicated, unique, and fascinating story of Frankfort, Kentucky’s small-town capital city, in the Civil War.

James Prichard is a Manuscript Cataloger at The Filson. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Wright State University. His interests include U.S. history from the Jacksonian Era to the Civil War, as well as Kentucky history and the Underground Railroad.

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage (Hardcover) by Michael R. Veach
Members: $24.00
Non-members: $26.50

On May 4, 1964, Congress designated bourbon as a distinctive product of the United States, and it remains the only spirit produced in this country to enjoy such protection. Its history stretches back almost to the founding of the nation and includes many colorful characters, both well known and obscure, from the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation to George Garvin Brown, who in 1872 created Old Forester, the first bourbon to be sold only by the bottle. Although obscured by myth, the history of bourbon reflects the history of our nation.

Historian Michael R. Veach reveals the true story of bourbon in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Starting with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, he traces the history of this unique beverage through the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and up to the present.

Michael R. Veach, a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame, is The Filson’s Bourbon Historian. He, along with Susan Reigler, is the author of the Bourbon Tasting Notebook, which is considered to be an essential logbook for any bourbon enthusiast. Mike’s book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage, was published in the spring 2013 and is in its fourth printing.

For the Bourbon Lover

It’s not too late to gift your favorite bourbon drinker with tickets to this Saturday’s Repeal Day Bourbon Tasting!  This bourbon tasting offers a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge of the Prohibition era and get a taste of history with vintage bourbons. Participants will sample bottles of Old Crow Whiskey and a Paul Jones Rye from the 1890s. Both bottles are unique and no longer being produced. They were stored for decades before they were donated to The Filson. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to compare these whiskeys will be compared to modern day offerings from Michter’s and Woodford Reserve. Hors d'oeurves will be served alongside these bourbons. Tickets are $100 each. Please call us at (502) 635-5083 to purchase your gift today! This event is sponsored by Louisville…the Culinary Capital of Bourbon Country  - 

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans is the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at The Filson Historical Society. When she isn't working on publications for The Filson, you can find her behind her sewing machine or out on the roads training for her next big race.

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