Women’s History Events at The Filson!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Filson is offering the following programming during the month of March:

Tuesday, March 1
Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners, Katherine J. Black

For two and a half years, Katherine J. Black crisscrossed Kentucky, interviewing home vegetable gardeners from a rich variety of backgrounds. Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners is the result, a powerful compilation of testimonies on the connections between land, people, culture, and home. The people profiled here share a Kentucky backdrop, but their life stories, as well as their gardens, have as many colors, shapes, and tastes as heirloom tomatoes do. Black interviewed those who grow in city backyards, who carve out gardens from farmland, and who have sprawling plots in creek bottoms and former pastures. Many of the gardeners in Row by Row speak eloquently about our industrialized food system’s injuries to the land, water, and health of people. But more often they talk about what they are doing in their gardens to reverse this course.

Thursday, March 10
Kentucky Countryside in Transition, Stephanie Bower

Kentucky Countryside in Transition charts the rise of the American middle class at the turn of the twentieth century by examining the migration from the Kentucky countryside to the city and subsequently to the suburbs of Louisville. The formation of the middle class in Louisville was fostered by two factors: a boom in white collar employment and the electric streetcar, an innovation that fundamentally changed the urban landscape. Ultimately a narrative of industrialization and modernity, this study focuses on a group of forty-two families who lived at the end of the Broadway Trolley line in an area that came to be known as the Cherokee Triangle. This suburban neighborhood was dominated by white collar commuters who were driven to Louisville by a desire to get ahead but still wanted certain aspects of country life. In this meticulous three generation study, Stephanie Bower follows this group of families as they make the transition from rural farmers and cultivators to city laborers and white collar workers.

Monday, March 14
Wash the Dust from My Eyes, Nana Lampton

A hundred years in the making, this collection of nonfiction, poetry, art and photography combines the journal entries of Nana Lampton’s grandfather—a World War I cavalryman uncertain about the future the war holds, yet ready to play his part— with her own poetry inspired by his writing. As she reaches back through a century to see the world from his perspective, Lampton invites the words of Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius to illustrate the timelessness of feelings that we can all appreciate— apprehension, ambition, camaraderie, and love—in the face of war and in the hope for what comes after.

Tuesday, March 22
Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm
Female Distillers in the 21st Century

Prior to Prohibition, women were a part of the distilling tradition. Throughout the latter half of the 21st century, the industry has seen a resurgence of women distilling bourbon, moving away from the stereotype that women who drink bourbon are threatening or dangerous. Join The Filson for “Female Distillers in the 21st Century,” a panel discussion with Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at the former Old Taylor Distillery, Pam Heilmann from Michter’s, and Lisa Wicker from Starlight Distilleries at Huber’s Orchard and Winery.  These influential women in the distilling industry will discuss the products that their distilleries are producing under their guidance.

Now, I know you are probably thinking, “Jamie, THREE out of the four events featured have nothing to do with Women’s history!” You’re absolutely right; these events don’t cover what one would traditionally think of as Women’s history. What they do have in common is that all of these authors are women. It wasn’t very long ago that women weren’t able to publish books under their own names and instead had to publish under a man’s name. So in a way, we are celebrating Women’s history by acknowledging a women’s right to publish things under her own name and to be recognized for these great works. Every day, women can acknowledge how far we have come. Gone are the days where we need our husband or father to open bank accounts for us or sign on our mortgages, and it’s a beautiful thing!

I hope you will join us for these and other events at The Filson! To register for these and any of our programming, please visit our Attend an Event page or call The Filson at 502-635-5083.

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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