« All Events Current Events THE GERTRUDE POLK BROWN LECTURE SERIES | Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet Monday, October 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Join The Filson Historical Society for The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series featuring Jeffrey Rosen. Public Grand Opening Saturday, October 29 | 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. | The newly renovated Ferguson mansion and brand new Owsley Brown II History Center will be open to the public. Grand Opening Concert Featuring the Tom T. and Dixie Hall Instrument Collection Saturday, October 29 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Concert featuring the music and instruments of the Tom T. and Dixie Hall Collection Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front Tuesday, November 1 | 6:00 p.m. | Author David J. Bettez discusses his comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on the Bluegrass. The Filson Institute Public Conference - The People's Constitution: Our 18th Century Constitution in Modern Context Friday, November 4, 6:00 p.m. | Saturday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Join us for a series of lectures about the U.S. Constitution, its principles, and its place in our society today. Henry D. Ormsby III Series: Muhammad Ali Modays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 | Join us for a lecture series on the life and philosophy of Louisville icon, legendary sportsman, and international symbol of peace Muhammad Ali Jasper Ward: Louisville’s Modernist Icon Thursday, November 10 | 6:00 p.m. | Steve Wiser delves in to the career of Jasper Ward, a mode-breaking modernist icon. Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872 Friday, November 11 | 12:00 p.m. | Join Lee A. Farrow for a lecture on the 1871 visit of Alexis Romanov, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, as he toured the United States. Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln Tuesday, November 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Join us for a lecture with author Charles B. Strozier on the remarkable friendship of President Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Farming, Community, and the Land Thursday, November 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Join Wendell Berry, Kentucky's premier writer, as he discusses land usage, farm policy, local food infrastructure Exploring Kentucky's Prehistoric Past Wednesday, November 30 | 6:00 p.m. | Join us as archaeologist John Hale discusses the archaeological remains of Kentucky's ancient past. An Evening with Lexington Vintage Dance Thursday, December 1 | 6:00 p.m. | Join The Filson Historical Society for an evening with dancers from Lexington Vintage Dance. The Sculptures of Ed Hamilton Tuesday, December 6 | 6:00 p.m. | Join us for a lecture with artist Ed Hamilton as he discusses his oeuvre and creative process. "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote - Read by William McNulty Monday, December 12 | Reading, 6:00 p.m. | So much of the holidays are about tradition, and a holiday reading of Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory" has been a long-standing Filson tradition. Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. | Kurt X. Metzmeier's lecture will provide portraits of the men whose important contributions helped create a new common law inspired by English legal traditions but grounded in decisions of American judges.