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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

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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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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.

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