Kentucky History Uncovered At The Filson

Friday, Aug. 9

‘George D. Prentice and Bloody Monday: Scoundrel? Or Scapegoat?’

$10  |  Noon-1 p.m.

Despite popular sentiment, not all historians believe that George D. Prentice, the controversial editor of the Louisville Daily Journal, sparked the anti-immigrant “Bloody Monday” riot that claimed at least 22 lives in 1855. Filson Manuscript Cataloger James Prichard explores Prentice’s role in the massacre, which led to the removal of his statue from outside the Main Library downtown last year.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

‘Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archaeology at a Revolutionary Fort’

$10  |  Noon-1 p.m.

Fort Boonesborough in Eastern Kentucky was going to be the capital of a new American colony until the Revolutionary War hit, turning it into a defensive stronghold for the American rebels. After the battles were won, the site never reached its aforementioned potential, and it was abandoned. After 30 years spent researching the Fort, archaeologist Nancy O’Malley has written a book about this important part of Kentucky’s Revolutionary War history, and she’s ready to share her groundbreaking findings about the site and life in early Kentucky at this lunchtime talk. —LEO

Friday, Aug. 9, 13

The Filson Historical Society
1310 S. Third St.