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Book cover showing a train in the forefront with a fire in the background. A sepia photo of Laura Ingalls Wilder is superimposed onto the image. The text reads "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder"

The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series featuring Caroline Fraser, author of “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Register online at filson.simpletix.com – Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography.

Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, and the author of Rewilding the World and God’s Perfect Child.

Living with a Deadly Disease: A History of Tuberculosis and Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Lecture sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

At the beginning of the twentieth century, tuberculosis was widespread, striking adults and children across lines of class and race. Drawing on the Filson’s manuscript, photograph, and architectural collections, Dr. Lynn Pohl examines how Kentuckians lived with the deadly disease, how they learned about germs and contagion, and why they sought treatment at tuberculosis sanatoria built across the state. It is a history that takes us from whiskey remedies to Louisville women’s public health work, and from Mammoth Cave to a vast complex of patient facilities at Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

Lynn Pohl received her Ph.D. in history at Indiana University and is Collections Cataloger at the Filson.

Register online: https://filson.simpletix.com/e/53937

Filson Friday: Researching Your Historic Home with Danielle Spalenka

Learn how to navigate and discover resources to find out about the history of your historic home. The talk will provide basic guidance, highlight key resources, and present two case studies from Old Louisville that provide a glimpse of the twist, turns, and dead ends you may encounter when finding more about your historic home.

Danielle Spalenka is the Associate Curator of Digital Projects at The Filson Historical Society and a resident of Old Louisville. Prior to joining The Filson staff in April 2019, Ms. Spalenka held the role of Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center; Project Director for the NEH-funded Digital POWRR Project; and Curator of Manuscripts at the Northern Illinois University Regional History Center. She holds a BA in history from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) and a MA-LIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This event will be broadcast live online via Zoom, the cloud-based video conferencing provider, free of charge for the public.

Register online: https://filson.simpletix.com/e/53932

Kentucky’s Juneteenth: A Public Dialogue about Slavery and Emancipation in the Bluegrass.

Live, Virtual Lecture via Zoom – In recognition of Juneteenth, the celebration of emancipation at the end of the Civil War for communities of freedpeople in Texas, the Filson will hold a Q&A session with Scholar in Residence Patrick Lewis at noon EDT. Join us for an audience-directed discussion of the unique story of freedom in Kentucky and how it fits in to national commemoration and memory of the collapse of the slave system across the United States. Lewis is a published author and speaker on the history of enslavement and freedom in Kentucky during the era of the Civil War. He brings fifteen years of experience in public history interpreting issues of race in classrooms, programs, exhibits, and publications at the National Park Service, the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Filson. 

Register online here: https://filson.simpletix.com/e/53931

The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series – The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

Tuesday, June 2, 6:00-7:00 PM – Virtual Presentation via Zoom – register online here: https://filson.simpletix.com/e/51506 

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state–Tennessee–is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis”–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Elaine Weiss is a journalist and author whose magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Elaine’s book about the woman suffrage movement, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, has earned glowing reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among others, and she has presented talks about the book and the woman suffrage movement across the country. Elaine lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, and they have two grown children. When not working at her desk, she can be found paddling her kayak on the Chesapeake Bay. And she votes in every election.

This event will be broadcast live online via Zoom, the cloud-based video conferencing provider, free of charge for the public.

Exhibit Opening – Women at Work: Venturing into the Public Sphere

In the 19th century, societal changes transformed the lives of many American women. Freed from many domestic tasks by industrialization, women’s engagement extended from home and family into the larger community. They organized as workers and in clubs, pursuing new roles as artists, educators, social reformers, and business owners. They also became conscious of their shared identity as women, convening women’s rights conventions and organizing mass movements, including the decades-long struggle for suffrage. This exhibit explores the diversity of women’s experiences in the public sphere in the late 19th century.

The opening will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and will feature light refreshments and short remarks from the curators. Curators and Filson staff will be available to answer questions about the items on display and the history behind them.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about these and other upcoming exhibits, please visit filsonhistorical.org/exhibits.

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2021

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.

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1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
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The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently postponed or virtual; 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 research@filsonhistorical.org.

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