Filson Historical Society Opens New Jewish Hospital Exhibit


The Filson Historical Society is opening a new exhibit, “Continuity of Care: Transforming Jewish Hospital for Modern Louisville, 1945-1980,” curated by Drs. Abigail Glogower and Lynn Pohl. The exhibit will run from April 4-August 30, 2019. Featuring materials from the Filson Historical Society and the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections, this exhibit explores Jewish Hospital’s growth from a charitable community institution into a multi-specialty medical center at the heart of modern Louisville.

When asked about the exhibit, curator Dr. Abigail Glogower said, "Highlighting relationships between the art and technology of medicine, urban planning, organizational change, and Jewish identity, this exhibit explores fascinating chapters in the history of twentieth-century Louisville. We hope that ‘Continuity of Care’ will deepen conversations about hospital care and culture in our city and beyond."

The public is invited to the opening of this exhibit on Thursday, April 4 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville. The reception, sponsored by Treyton Oak Towers, will feature light refreshments and short remarks from the curators at 5:15 p.m. Curators and Filson staff will be available to answer questions about the items on display and the history behind them.

This exhibit generously sponsored by Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. 
In addition to the exhibit, the Filson has scheduled several events related to the history of Jewish Hospital in Louisville:
  • April 30, 1:00 p.m. - “Navigating Change Then and Now,” Exhibit tour and discussion with Dr. Abigail Glogower and Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky
  • May 20, noon – “The History of the American Jewish Hospital and why it Matters Today,” presented by Dr. Edward C. Halperin
  • July 12, noon – “A New Deal for Medicine: Expanding and Desegregating Louisville Hospitals after World War II,” presented by Dr. Lynn Pohl

The exhibit will be open for viewing immediately following each of these programs. The Filson also offers free tours weekdays at 2:00 p.m. Please visit filsonhistorical.org/events for a current list of upcoming programs.