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Exhibit Opening - Made to Order: The Fashion of Geneva H. Bell

  • Filson Historical Society 1310 South Third Street Louisville, KY 40208 (map)

Please join us for the opening of our latest exhibits, Connecting the Dots: Exploring Your Family History, curated by Cassie Bratcher and Maureen Lane, and Made to Order: The Fashion of Geneva H. Bell, curated by Johna Ebling. Connecting the Dots - Heirlooms are an important part of a family’s story. What is saved and why? What clues do objects such as photos, scrapbooks, bibles, quilts and other keepsakes uncover about family histories? This exhibit will feature items that reveal stories about families that settled in the Ohio River Valley and will display examples of genealogy resources that can be found at the Filson Historical Society. Made to Order - Jackets of sequins, suede, and tartan. Dresses featuring geometric prints and metallic threads. A hat in mauve. A muumuu in seafoam. Explore the wardrobe of educator and activist Geneva Howard Bell (1905-2013), on view at The Filson Historical Society’s Bingham Gallery beginning August 31. The exhibition includes custom-made textiles and hats from Bell’s collection, dating between 1970 and 1990. The exhibition also features photographs of Geneva and her husband, Dr. Jesse Bell (1904-1998), the first African American physician at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital. The opening will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will feature light refreshments and short remarks from the curators. Curators and Filson staff will be available to answer questions about the items on display and the history behind them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about these and other upcoming exhibits, please visit


Earlier Event: August 27
Women's Equality Day Celebration
Later Event: October 16
Business in the Bluegrass Symposium