The Filson Newsmagazine
Volume 4, Number 1
The Clark Family and the Kentucky Derby
The "most famous two minutes in sports" has enjoyed public
attention and success for well over one hundred years. But as famous as it is, many people are unaware of its
link to one of Louisville’s most famous families – the Clarks.
"Went to the Exposition tonight":
Louisville's 1883 Southern Exposition
A letter to the Louisville Courier-Journal in July 1880 suggested the idea of having a
grand cotton exposition in Louisville. Louisville had held smaller expositions since the mid-1850s, and the hope
for this large-scale exhibition was to show the South and the world that Louisville was ready to claim her place
in the trade market.
Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston Photograph Collection
A member of one of Louisville’s most prominent families, Rogers
Clark Ballard Thruston (1858-1946) was a geologist, scientist, businessman and historian as well as a benefactor
and longtime president of The Filson Historical Society. Thruston’s generosity, knowledge and guidance
helped make The Filson the outstanding historical repository it is today. His personal collection of historical
documents, books and artifacts provide it with some of its most significant holdings.
Filson on Main
In May The Filson proudly opened its "Lewis and Clark: The Exploration of the
American West" exhibit. Housed in Brown-Forman’s newly renovated building at 626 W. Main Street, the
exhibit highlights the local connection to a journey that transformed the nation. Precious items from The
Filson’s collection, including letters written by William Clark to his older brother Jonathan during and
after the expedition, are now prominently displayed in the heart of downtown Louisville.
The Filson Institute Spring 2003 Academic Conference
The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper
South hosted a two-day academic conference this spring, May 16-17, to examine the ways the region has been
historically viewed over time, from the 17th century to the present. Conference presentations and discussions
looked at new historical approaches that can change our thinking of the region’s past. The conference
featured historians from throughout the nation with unique approaches to the study of the region’s history.
They shared their findings with a community of scholars and interested public.