Kentucky State Fair, 2012

It's week two of the Kentucky State Fair here in Louisville, Kentucky - be sure to stop by the educational exhibits, which The Filson contributes to on a yearly basis!

This year, the Civil War +150 exhibit returns, along with a new exhibit, War Hawks & Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812.  2012 marks the start of the national bicentennial of the War of 1812, and Kentucky played an extremely significant role in this story of conflict, often called America’s “Second War of Independence.” The museum-quality exhibition explores the causes and consequences of the war, the major battles, and the leaders and citizen soldiers who inspired song and legend.

See the State Fair's website to learn more:


1924 First Place Prize Winner, Kentucky State Fair

The Filson has materials in the Special Collections Department related to the Fair, such as images, postcards and programs, as well as the Kentucky State Fair Board records from 1905 through 1908, documenting the move to make Louisville the permanent home of the Fair.  Come in and learn more about the history of the Kentucky State Fair!

Jennie Cole

Jennie Cole is the Manager of Collection Access at The Filson. She has a MLIS with a specialization in Archives from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in History from the University of Louisville. Jennie's research interests in the Filson's collections include women's history, Camp Zachary Taylor, and Speed family of Louisville.

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