Exhibit Opening - Kentucky Progress: Establishing the Kentucky State Parks | In Person


The Filson Historical Society Fri, Mar 1 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


This exhibit is sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust.

Join the Filson Historical Society for the opening of Kentucky Progress: Establishing the Kentucky State Parks. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the curators in the gallery to engage in conversation and answer questions. The curatorial team, staff, and sponsors will give remarks at 5:15 pm. This a free event open to the public but registration is encouraged.

One hundred years ago, history and tourism were the drivers of economic transformation in Kentucky. Liberated by the automobile, tourists could travel on their own time, away from the rails. Parks would draw visitors along newly paved roads, lodge them in modern accommodations, and familiarize them with the natural beauty and resource wealth of the state. With an eye on out-of-state industrial investment, parks were the face of Kentucky Progress. 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Kentucky State Parks and the 140th anniversary of the Filson. Both institutions tell an intertwined story of interpreting Kentucky’s past, promoting its economic success in the present, and reflecting the slow progress from segregation to inclusion.