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Into The Bluegrass, Art & Artistry of Kentucky’s Historic Icons

Thursday, September 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. – REGISTER HERE

Kentucky has been called, the “Daughter of the East and Mother of the West.” Mel Hankla’s new book is about Kentucky’s significance in the westward expansion of America. This book tells the stories of early American immigrants and features utilitarian, yet artistic, items they made or used. Hankla’s goal was to verbally weave a tapestry of cultural fabric exhibiting the iconic Kentucky Rifle as the weft of that colorful fabric.

Mel Hankla attended Western Kentucky University earning a BS Degrees in Agriculture, and a Masters in Administration. In 2010 he completed an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Education Administration. Hankla is active in many organizations and serves on the Boards of several museums.


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!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson will reopen to the public on September 1st, 2021 – Read More! 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 are resuming in person research, and suggest reserving a seat – learn more here.  The research library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Please note: For the remainder of 2021 the Filson’s Research Library will be closing at 12:30 pm on the third Friday of each month.

We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1638002063aciro1638002063tsihn1638002063oslif1638002063@hcra1638002063eser1638002063.


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