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


Featured Event

A New Birth of Freedom: Commemorating Juneteenth in Kentucky

Friday, June 18, 12:00-1:00 pm – Sponsored by the Thomas W. Bullitt Perpetual Charitable Trust – Emancipation in the United States was over 200 years in the making by the time the 13th Amendment officially ended human bondage in 1865. But alternative paths to freedom had opened for many Black Kentuckians months or years before Congress acted. How had these Black Kentuckians pushed the government towards freedom during the Civil War? When is Kentucky’s Juneteenth? And what sites can we visit today to mark this anniversary of liberation? Filson Director of Collections & Research Dr. Patrick Lewis will answer these questions—and yours!

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 is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. 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 continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1623573700aciro1623573700tsihn1623573700oslif1623573700@hcra1623573700eser1623573700.

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