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The Filson announces opening of “Animals in the Archives”

LOUISVILLE, KY – In collaboration with the 2023 Louisville Photo Biennial, the Filson Historical Society is launching an exhibition featuring pet photography culled from the organization’s archives titled “Animals in the Archives.” The exhibit will be on display from September 8, 2023, through February 9, 2024.

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. This exhibit explores pet photography from the Filson’s archives and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the Ohio Valley families that owned them.

The public opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, September 22 from 5:00-6:00 pm. The opening will feature refreshments and short remarks from the curator and sponsors at 5:15 p.m. All participants are encouraged to register in advance. To register for this event, please visit This event is free and open to the public.

“Animals in the Archives” is sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust.

“Animals in the Archives” will be open for viewing Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm through February 9, 2024, at the Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. 3rd Street, Louisville. Tours of the exhibit and grounds are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Heather Potter, Curator of Photographs and Prints, at gro.l1717007008aciro1717007008tsihn1717007008oslif1717007008@rett1717007008oph1717007008 or (502) 635-5083. For more information on Filson events, please visit