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Current Exhibits

Arrowheads found in Louisville and their location on the map.

Kentucky Unsettled: The Erasure of Native Homeland explores how competing Native, colonial, and American interests shaped property ownership in the Commonwealth. (Carriage House exhibit)


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People Passage Place: Stories of the Ohio Valley (Nash Gallery) Semi-permanent exhibit. You are invited to engage with the Filson’s collections and to think critically about how history shapes your lives and communities.


Outline of the state of Kentucky with locations of state parks on it. Writing reads: Kentucky Progress: Establishing the Kentucky State Parks (Bingham Gallery) The Filson and the Kentucky State Parks tell an intertwined story of interpreting Kentucky’s past, promoting its economic success in the present, and reflecting the slow progress from segregation to inclusion.


Upcoming Events

Under the Greenwood Tree: A Celebration of Kentucky Shakespeare

Date: April 25, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Virtual Options)
Book cover of under the greenwood tree. Dark blue background with tree branches and leaves in the foreground.

This program is associated with the newly opened Filson exhibit, Kentucky Progress: Establishing the Kentucky State Parks, which will be open for 50 minutes prior to the program. In the summer of 1960, director C. Douglas Ramey took his Carriage House Players theater company down the street from their Old Louisville venue to Central Park, […]

The Kentucky Oaks: 150 Years of Running for the Lilies

Date: April 30, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Virtual Options)
Book cover the Kentucky Oaks 150 years of racing for the Lillies by Avalyn Hunter.

No Thoroughbred race in the state of Kentucky holds a more hallowed place in the national and international consciousness than the Kentucky Derby. Its fame is richly deserved, yet there are other equally important and historic races whose significance deserves a larger share of the spotlight—none more so than the Derby’s sister race, the Kentucky […]

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