The Filson has been collecting since its founding in 1884. As Kentucky’s privately supported historical society, it has amassed a large and significant collection of Kentucky and Ohio Valley manuscripts, books, photographs, ephemera, art, and artifacts. The Filson provides robust programs, publications, exhibitions, and research opportunities. SEMC attendees will tour the Filson’s campus, enter selected stacks to see how the society’s archival and museum collections are stored, and explore the following exhibits. People, Passage, Place: Stories of the Ohio Valley, is a new long-term exhibit that reimagines ways for visitors to engage with the Filson’s collections and invites them to think about how history shapes their lives and communities. Personal and family stories open conversations about important themes that have and will impact our region. Petland features pet portraiture from the archives, 1860 to the present. This exhibit examines how pets have been a popular subject since the inception of photography across many different formats. It is part of the Louisville Photo Biennial, a regional event that includes more than 50 venues.
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