The Filson Historical Society, Louisville

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The Filson Historical Society (originally named the Filson Club) is a historical society located in the Old Louisville neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The organization was founded in 1884 and named after early Kentucky explorer John Filson, who wrote The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke, which included one of the first maps of the state. The Filson's extensive collections focus on Kentucky, the Upper South, and the Ohio River Valley. Its research facilities include a manuscript collection as well as a library that includes rare books, periodicals, maps, and other published materials. The Filson also maintains a small museum. One distinctive possession of the museum is a section of American beech tree trunk, with the carved legend "D. Boon kilt a bar [killed a bear] 1803."

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  • This was a fascinating story of Henrietta Wood a woman who was born into slavery in Kentucky, given her freedom in Cincinnati in 1848, then kidnapped in 1853 and sold back into slavery until after...  more »
  • After a year and a half absence we have rejoined The Filson Historical Society just in time for Sandra Day O’Connor lecture. It was very informative and we were able to learn a bit more about her...  more »
  • I visited over 15 years ago, and I don't recall this location. Otherwise I would have taken a ton of pictures of this place. I did get to see an exhibit of Lewis and Clark, at a downtown location that I recall being not far from the Slugger Museum. In my experience, Historical Society's offer a more personalized and unique historical focus, with less popularity or commercialization. And it's pretty cool to not feel rushed, or lose focus by having school groups around. © TIFA 2003
  • Beautiful space and awesome staff! Helped out with a friend's wedding last weekend and Sarah and the rest of the Filson staff were absolutely amazing! The new building is gorgeous and perfect for hosting a reception and the mansion was a stunning setting for the ceremony. They truly went all out to make sure the day went perfectly!

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