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The Filson collects, preserves, and tells the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history – including YOURS!

The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series – Lincoln in Private

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 6:00-7:00 pm EST | Free for members, $20 for non-members | Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville – Tickets for this event must be purchased from The Kentucky Center Ticket Service (members use code FILSON for member pricing). Please call (502) 584-7777 or visit kentuckycenter.org for tickets. | A deeply private man, shut off even to those who worked closely with him, Abraham Lincoln often captured “his best thoughts,” as he called them, in short notes to himself. He would work out his personal stances on the biggest issues of the day, never expecting anyone to see these frank, unpolished pieces of writing, which he’d then keep close at hand, in desk drawers and even in his top hat. The profound importance of these notes has been overlooked, because the originals are scattered across several different archives and have never before been brought together and examined as a coherent whole.

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

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1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson will reopen to the public on September 1st, 2021 – Read More! All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We are resuming in person research, and suggest reserving a seat – learn more here.  The research library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Please note: For the remainder of 2021 the Filson’s Research Library will be closing at 12:30 pm on the third Friday of each month.  Holiday Schedule: We will be closed to the Public from December 24th, 2021 through January 3rd, 2022.

We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1638535013aciro1638535013tsihn1638535013oslif1638535013@hcra1638535013eser1638535013.

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