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'A Christmas Carol's' American Roots
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Dr. Daniel Gifford shares how 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens mirrors a major turning point in American History.



The Nearly Forgotten History of Portland, Kentucky
Tuesday, December 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Author James Higdon will give a presentation on the history of Portland and its iconic residents



Exhibit Opening: Shantyboat Life on the Ohio
Friday, January 4, 2019, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Join the Filson for the opening of "Shantyboat Life on the Ohio," an exhibit looking at shantyboat culture in the Ohio Valley.



The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series - The Age of Eisenhower
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | In his masterful account, William Hitchcock shows how President Eisenhower shaped modern America.



Recording a Vanishing World: Harlan Hubbard and Shantyboat Culture
Thursday, January 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Jessica Whitehead will discuss Hubbard's uniquely personal perspective on shantyboat culture in the Kentuckiana area.



Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776
Thursday, January 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dr. Patrick Spero shares the untold story of the “Black Boys,” a rebellion on the American frontier in 1765 that sparked the American Revolution.



Jewish Genealogy Workshop with Avraham Groll
Tuesday, January 29, 9:00-12:00 p.m. | Join the Filson Historical Society for a Jewish Genealogy Workshop led by Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen.org.



African American Officers in Liberia
Thursday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Brian Shellum tells the story of seventeen African American officers who trained, reorganized, and commanded the Liberian Frontier Force from 1910 to 1942. Of these men, two have Kentucky connections.



Genealogy through Photography: Exploring Family Photographs
Thursday, February 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Join Heather Potter, Curator of Photographs and Prints, for an overview of the Filson's Photograph collection, a tutorial on how to search our collection, and tips for preserving your own family photos.


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