It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Filson!


It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Filson!

Learn about the importance of the Filson to Louisville, the Ohio Valley Region, the Commonwealth, and the Nation.

What You Will Learn

This is the 140th Anniversary of the Filson Historical Society. Dick will discuss some of the Filson’s history, current initiatives they are undertaking, and a glimpse where the Filson will be heading in the future.


Richard “Dick” Clay is the President and CEO of the Filson Historical Society. He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he received a B.A. in Economics, attended Yale University Divinity School under a Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Fellowship, and received his J. D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. During his tenure at UK, he was the managing editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. In 2022 he received a M.A. in English from Middlebury College.

In addition to his passion for history and education, Dick’s professional legal career spans more than 40 years. Prior to coming to the Filson, he was a partner with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, specializing in corporate and fiduciary litigation, regulatory and appellate practice. He served on Dinsmore’s board of directors and as its Kentucky general counsel. He is a former president of the Kentucky Bar Association, and a life member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In addition to his career as a lawyer, he has served on the boards of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, Kentucky Country Day School, and has served as board chair and as a trustee of the Speed Art Museum and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has chaired or co-chaired capital campaigns for the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Country Day School and Second Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an elder. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Norton Foundation and the Speed Art Museum. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four adult children and three grandchildren.

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It's Not Your Grandparents' Filson!

12 Aug, 20247:00pm EDT1 hour

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