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Exhibit Opening: Animals in the Archives

Date: September 22, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person Only)

This exhibit is sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust and is part of the Louisville Photo Biennial.

In collaboration with the 2023 Louisville Photo Biennial, the Filson Historical Society is launching an exhibition featuring pet photography culled from our archives titled Animals in the Archives. The exhibit will be on display from September 8, 2023 through February 9, 2024. Join us on Friday, September 22 at we celebrate the opening of Animals in the Archives. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the curator in the gallery to engage in conversation and answer questions. At 5:15 pm, the curator, staff, and sponsors will share short remarks. This exhibit opening is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

From the inception of photography, pets have been a common theme that can be found throughout family photograph collections. These images document and exemplify the unbreakable bond between people and animals throughout history. Join us as we explore pet photography from the Filson’s archives and learn more about the Ohio Valley families that owned them.