Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Please see below for details and descriptions of upcoming events at the Filson.  All event times are in EST or EDT depending on the season.  Click here to register and pay for programs, tickets are required. Filson members will need to log in to access the member pricing for events.  Many of our past events can be viewed on the Filson YouTube Channel.  If you have any issues with registering via our ticketing solution please call (502) 635-5083.

Recent Filson events have regularly been reaching our capacity limits.  If members or non-members wish to attend an event please register beforehand.  We cannot guarantee a space for walk ups on the day of the lecture.  

Dine & Dialogue – A Most Tolerant Little Town: The Explosive Beginning of School Desegregation

Date: August 15, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society. Lecture starts at 6 PM. Dinner to follow at Buck's if dinner ticket purchased. (In-Person and Zoom Options)
Book cover for "A Most Tolerant Little Town" by Rachel Louise Martin

Sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.

In graduate school, Rachel Martin was sent to a small town in the foothills of the Appalachians, where locals wanted to build a museum to commemorate the events of September 1956, when Clinton High School became the first school in the former Confederacy to attempt court mandated desegregation.

But not everyone wanted to talk. As one founder of the Tennessee White Youth told her, “Honey, there was a lot of ugliness down at the school that year; best we just move on and forget it.”

For years, Martin wondered what it was some white residents of Clinton didn’t want remembered. So, she went back, eventually interviewing over sixty townsfolk—including nearly a dozen of the first students to desegregate Clinton High—to piece together what happened back in 1956: the death threats and beatings, picket lines and cross burnings, neighbors turned on neighbors and preachers for the first time at a loss for words. The National Guard rushed to town, along with national journalists like Edward R. Morrow and even evangelist Billy Graham. But that wasn’t the most explosive secret Martin learned…

In A Most Tolerant Little Town, Rachel Martin weaves together over a dozen perspectives in an intimate, kaleidoscopic portrait of a small town living through a turbulent turning point for America. The result is at once a “gripping” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) mystery and a moving piece of forgotten civil rights history, rendered “with precision, lucidity and, most of all, a heart inured to false hope” (The New York Times).

You may never before have heard of Clinton, Tennessee—but you won’t be forgetting the town anytime soon.

Rachel Louise Martin, PhD, is a historian and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic and Oxford American, among other publications. The author of Hot, Hot Chicken, a cultural history of Nashville hot chicken, and A Most Tolerant Little Town, the forgotten story of the first school to attempt court-mandated desegregation in the wake of Brown v. Board, she is especially interested by the politics of memory and the power of stories to illuminate why injustice persists in America today.

Shaker Made: Inside Pleasant Hill’s Shaker Village

Date: August 20, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Zoom Options)
Book cover for Shaker Made by Carol Peachee. Image is of a wooden spiral staircase looking down from above.

Although there are currently only a handful of members of the Shaker faith and one active community in the world today, Shakerism at its peak comprised thousands of members living in communal villages across the eastern United States. Kentucky’s iconic Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill was one of these communities, and it remains an enduring cultural touchstone. The history of the Shakers is often reduced to the handmade objects they produced and sold, but their lives were so much more than their material culture. Their efforts were suffused with their religious beliefs: each piece’s sturdy simplicity memorializes the Believers’ devotion to God and how it guided their every action.

Shaker Made is photographer Carol Peachee’s love letter to the cultural artifacts—the architecture, furniture, and crafts—of one of America’s most notable utopian societies. Peachee has photographed Pleasant Hill for more than four decades—from small items such as eyeglasses, embroidered handkerchiefs, elixir bottles, and bonnets, to the distinguished furniture and architecture of the more than 260 buildings that the Shakers built at Pleasant Hill. The attention to detail in the simple yet beautifully composed photographs serve as an elegant and respectful tribute to the history and legacy of the Pleasant Hill Shakers—an often-misunderstood people who sought to honor the divine in all aspects of life.

Carol Peachee is a fine art photographer and psychotherapist whose photographic work explores cultural and natural heritage. She was awarded the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award, a Governor’s Award for Innovative Programming, and an Art Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her books, Kentucky Barns: Agricultural Heritage of the Bluegrass, The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries, and Straight Bourbon: Distilling the Industry’s Heritage, are the recipients of multiple IPPY and Foreword INDIES awards. Her photographs have also appeared in Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide and LensWork Publishing: Trilogies 2022.

Oxmoor History/Archeology Tour

Date: August 29, 2024
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Oxmoor Farm (In-Person Only)
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Join us on a tour of the historic Oxmoor House and archeological dig site! Oxmoor’s curator, Shirley Harmon, will lead a historic tour of the Oxmoor house which is comprised of sections dating back to 1791, 1829 and 1928, and tell about the history of the people who lived and worked at Oxmoor Farm. Then archeologist Lori Stahlgren will lead us through a tour of the excavation site. Participants will be able to dig and/or sift artifacts from this active archeological site. The dig site is inside the former enslaved dwellings. The archeology is part of an ongoing restoration project that will culminate with a future exhibit inside one of the former dwellings about the life of the enslaved people that once lived at Oxmoor Farm.

Please wear old clothing that can get both wet and dirty. Appropriate footwear is required – No open-toed shoes!

Navigating the Political Landscape: Insights from Karen Tumulty – Moderated by Dick Clay

Date: September 12, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Zoom Options)

Join us for an insightful talk with Karen Tumulty, esteemed columnist and associate editor for The Washington Post, as she delves into the complex dynamics shaping American politics today. With her extensive experience as a national political correspondent and recipient of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, Tumulty offers unique perspectives on key topics such as the impact of the recent conventions, the Trump civil and criminal trials, and the ongoing battle for abortion rights. From the challenges posed by the political impact of Supreme Court opinions to the nuances of the electoral college versus popular vote dynamics, Tumulty explores the critical issues driving national discourse. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future direction of our nation and the factors influencing it. Join us as we navigate the complexities of contemporary American politics and discuss where we are heading as a nation.

Karen Tumulty earned a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.