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September 2015
Free - $10.00

Mary Lincoln’s Assassination

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 US
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Mrs Lincoln

In this, the sesquicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s death, Americans are naturally focused on honoring his memory.  His legacy remains daunting, and at this moment in Lincoln’s legacy, Catherine Clinton will examine the impact of Lincoln’s death on another key player in the Civil War White House: Mary Lincoln.  By considering Mary Todd Lincoln’s experience on the night of Lincoln’s…

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Free

MEMBERS ONLY – A Conversation with Historian Tom Owen and Artisitic Director Robert Curran

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Louisville Ballet,
315 E Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202 United States
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The Filson Historical Society and the Louisville Ballet are delighted to present “A Conversation with Historian Tom Owen and Artistic Director Robert Curran.” This event will set the historical tone for the Ballet’s fresh reimagining of Coppelia, a beloved autumnal story, now set in Louisville’s own Germantown during the fall of 1917, just as the United States joins World War…

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Free - $20.00

Music Under the Trees featuring The Louisville Leopard Percussionists and Squeeze-bot

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40222 United States
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Join The Filson Historical Society for our annual Music Under the Trees event at Oxmoor Farm! This year, we are proud to present two fabulous groups: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a performing ensemble featuring 60+ student musicians ranging in age from 7 to 14, and Squeeze-bot, a unique local band that blends jazz, pop, blues, and funk music into a…

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Free

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
21c Museum Hotel,
700 W. Main Street
Louisville, 40202 United States
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21c Museum Hotel Louisville and The Filson Historical Society are proud to present an evening with Emily Bingham exploring her new book Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, including stories of her great-aunt’s relationships with the artistic members of the Bloomsbury group. Acclaimed vocalist Cheyenne Mize will also recreate Henrietta’s 1923 London performance of “Water Boy,” later recorded…

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$100.00 - $125.00

The Filson Bourbon Academy

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bourbon’s Bistro,
2255 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206 United States
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All About the Bourbon

Come enhance your appreciation of bourbon and increase your knowledge of Kentucky whiskey products at The Filson Bourbon Academy. This educational seminar is supported by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. This eight-hour course will take place on Saturday, September 26 at Bourbon’s Bistro. The class will be led by The Filson’s bourbon historian, Mike Veach, a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame and author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey:…

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$150.00

MEMBERS ONLY: The 22nd Annual “Distinctive Dwellings” House Tour

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Filson Historical Society,
1310 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208 United States
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Please join us for the 22nd Annual “Distinctive Dwellings” House Tour! Stay tuned for more details and look for your House Tour invitations in the mail soon!

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Free - $10.00

The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 United States
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Whiskey making has been an integral part of American history since frontier times. In Kentucky, early settlers brought stills to preserve grain, and they soon found that the limestone-filtered water and the unique climate of the scenic Bluegrass region made it an ideal place for the production of barrel-aged liquor. And so, bourbon whiskey was born. As the popularity of…

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October 2015
Free - $10.00

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 Club,
200 E. Brandeis Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208 United States
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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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Free - $10.00

Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 US
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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…

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$25.00 - $30.00

A Walking Tour of South Fourth Street with Tom Owen

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cathedral of the Assumption,
433 S Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202 United States
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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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Free - $10.00

Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 US
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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…

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November 2015
Free - $10.00

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

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 US
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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…

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December 2015
Free - $10.00

The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series: Jacksonland

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Temple,
5101 US Hwy. 42
Louisville, 40222 United States
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Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story. One…

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Free

“A Christmas Memory” reading by William McNulty

December 14 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
The Library at Oxmoor Farm,
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 US
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So much of the holidays are about traditions and A Christmas Memory reading at Oxmoor Farm is a Filson tradition.  We invite you to share this evening with us in the historic library at Oxmoor Farm.  Actors Theatre’s William McNulty, who portrays Ebenezer Scrooge’s character in A Christmas Carol, will read the holiday classic, A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote.  William McNulty has played more…

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