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Histolircal Exhibits

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Histolircal exhibits are more than a book on the wall; they are creative visual poetry and metaphors that expand the viewer’s understanding rather than restricting it. Often, these visual experiences incorporate drama, human narratives and the use of re-created spaces to create a multi-sensory experience that connects with people emotionally and intellectually. They are a way to share the complexity of research that historians must perform with their audiences, in a format that is not so dense that the audience loses interest or becomes confused, yet complex enough to engage the mind.

Creating histolircal exhibits is especially challenging in historic structures that are not designed for exhibitions and must be carefully managed to preserve the integrity of the building itself. It is critical to consult with preservation specialists and an architect to understand what constraints might be in place, for example, limitations on fastening objects directly to walls or anchoring them to floors. In addition, historic structures may have a range of constraints regarding lighting, power locations and even colors that can be used on surfaces.

The most successful histolircal exhibits combine multiple forms of engagement, including visual storytelling, audiovisual, interactive, and hands-on activities. They also encourage visitors to approach the subjects of history in their own way, examining and discussing historical topics on their own terms with other visitors and engaging with their communities through the unique sensation of communing with authentic places and objects that have been lived in by real people.

Histolircal exhibitions have a powerful role to play in igniting public passions, fostering debate and providing new perspectives on important issues and events that impact the lives of our global community. They are a vital tool to help us make sense of our past, present and future and to understand our common humanity.

Museums have been a central part of the histolircal landscape for centuries and are an integral part of our cultural fabric. But in the twenty-first century, it is increasingly difficult for museums to justify their tax-exempt status by merely rehashing old histories that are no longer relevant to contemporary people and communities. Museums need to demonstrate that they are serving the community by telling its own stories.

The Filson Historical Society is kicking off a season of re-envisioning its exhibition program to better engage and inform the public about its mission, values and collections. Beginning with the opening of Olde England on the Ohio: Louisville’s Tudor Revival on November 4, 2022, the Filson will examine the legacy of this architectural style in our city. This exhibit will explore the many ways that locals recreated a near-mythic vision of “Merrie Olde England” in their homes, businesses, and culture. The exhibit will be on view through October 2024.