The Filson is on the Cultural Pass!

The Filson Historical Society is participating in the 2017 Cultural Pass! The 2017 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Louisville Free Public Library. The Cultural Pass runs from June 9 through August 12 and is FREE for children 0-21. You can visit The Filson on […]

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Young Faces in Old Spaces: Pioneering the Bicycle Ride Tour

When The Filson was approached by a community member about hosting a tour of older homes owned by younger people, the thought of a bicycle tour was intriguing. In order to accurately plan this tour, two Filson staff members set out to test the feasibility of participants biking from house to house.  Jamie Evans and Jordan Sangmeister used different types […]

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A Recap of the Royal Visit to The Filson

If you haven’t heard yet, His Royal Highness, Charles, The Prince of Wales, visited The Filson during his trip to Louisville last month. It was definitely an exciting time for us, not only because of the Royal visit, but also because Louisville was designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Both of these events added to […]

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Election day, November 8, 1921

By Heather Fox Thanks to former Filson president Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston, we are able to provide you view of Louisville on election day, 91 years ago.  An engineer and historian, Mr. Thruston was also an avid photographer with an incredible attention to detail.  Every photograph in the collection he left to the Filson is labeled with the level of […]

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Sustainable Architecture – A New Kind of Historic Legacy

In May, The Filson is holding a Public Conference centered on architecture and what we can learn from historic structures, including the topics of architectural conservation and building within the historic context of a local neighborhood. Having worked at architecture firms in the past, I know that sustainable architecture is a growing area of expertise for many firms. Sustainability itself […]

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Around the Corner…

It’s easy to become set into a routine, not anticipating change or surprises, and perhaps miss a glimpse of the fantastic that’s right around the corner. The graphic novels in the Vertigo Fables series play with this idea. In these stories, figures from fairy tales and myths have run away from their homelands because of a terrible adversary. Now these […]

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Memory Palace Part I

Memories – the moving pictures in our heads. They’re the after-images of experience, and an essential part of how we form our identities. Memories are automatically created by our brains through all of our senses – the smell of freshly baked bread, the bright green of grass in the spring, the pealing laughter of a child. We can also capture […]

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A Day in the Life: The Lewis & Clark Expedition 207 years ago today.

“A Day in the Life” is a phrase we’re all familiar with. Whether it’s in the context of the famous Beatles song, the photojournalism project that documented life in a particular continent, country or city during one day, or the classic Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (not quite a match but too good not […]

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