‘The Nearly Forgotten History of Portland, Kentucky’

Renowned author of “Cornbread Mafia,” James Higdon is also a human almanac of amazing Kentucky history. He’ll be at The Filson to discuss “The Nearly Forgotten History of Portland, Kentucky.” This narrative looks at the history of Kentucky and Louisville from the Portland neighborhood — “the Lower Wharf of the Falls of the Ohio.” You will encounter Kentucky’s most historic figures, including Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Henry Clay, John James Audubon, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. But you’ll also meet Jim Porter, the Batman brothers, Pink Varble, Gen. William “Bull” Nelson and Mary Millicent Miller. Higdon tells lesser-known remarkable stories, so this will be one to catch.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

The Filson Historical Society
6-7 p.m. | $10 nonmembers
1310 S. Third St.
http://filsonhistorical.org