Early Conflicts in the Ohio River Valley

By William Schuhmann The Filson Historical Society has a large and well maintained collection of manuscripts and artifacts, but one of the lesser known resources that the Filson has to offer is its historical files. The historical files (or vertical files) are a collection of general information files on various topics. So, before diving into primary resources, like letters and […]

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Out of the Pencils of Babes: Children’s Letters to Mayor Armstrong

Last week we brought you writing and illustration for children and this week we follow up with writing and illustration by children. At some point your grade school education, perhaps you were obliged to write a letter to a Very Important Person. This modest assignment simultaneously cultivates many skills and competencies such as penmanship, conventions of correspondence, and civic involvement. In the […]

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A Tale of Two Chickens

A few weeks ago, the Filson newsmagazine had a small article on my upcoming Filson Friday lecture. The lecture, scheduled for July 13, is going to be on the Filson’s collection of children’s literature. Since then I have been corresponding with Jim Coorssen who still had a large collection of books from his childhood, and last Monday he brought them […]

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Through a Soldier’s Lens, Part 2: Rooming with Napoleon

Through a Soldier’s Lens: Jack Speed’s WWI Photography is currently on exhibit in the Filson’s Nash gallery. The exhibit runs through July 27, 2018 and showcases the photographs of Jack Speed, a young soldier from Louisville, Kentucky who served in World War I. In this second installment of a four-part series, we look at several images Jack captured during cycling […]

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What’s on your Derby Menu?

If you are a local Louisvillian or a transplant like myself, you know that this is Derby Week here in our great city. This Friday and Saturday marks the 144th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. While many people think of the horses, hats, and bourbon what about the culinary side of things that are equally apart of this local  holiday? […]

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Fried Chicken, Progressive Women, and the Suffrage Movement in Kentucky

I always knew Glendale, Kentucky for its home-cooking.  The town’s Whistle Stop restaurant, just off I-65, was the place we always stopped for dinner before driving on to Dale Hollow Lake for the weekend. My friend liked to order the fried chicken – a dish so enormous that it seemed like one order should feed several people (although my friend […]

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Unearthing the Fashion Collection at the Filson

Image: Dress and cape made by Louisville modiste, Madame Grunder (1846-1920), circa 1897 worn by Laura Jeannette Graham Husbands (1857-1950. This week’s blog post is by Brooks Vessels, University of Louisville Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society Intern: I was not sure what to expect when I arrived for my first day interning at the Filson Historical Society, but I […]

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4/3/1974: Where Were You?

Suddenly the grass is too green. It is lush and inviting, but it isn’t real. Outlines are sharply defined, and objects seem to leap out at you. The air is clear but there is a faintly pink cast to it. There is no breeze, and even the birds are silent. But it is a moment of ominous serenity. For nature […]

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Strike! at Hillerich & Bradsby (c. 1947)

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The West Virginia public school teachers who recently struck for higher wages and a cap on health care costs were following in a long tradition of women and men walking off the job site in the coal country on both sides of the West Virginia/Kentucky border. In the middle of the 20th century that tradition of trade union labor actions […]

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Wakanda Forever! : Celebrating Louisville’s Innovators & Entrepreneurs

I went with my husband and some friends to see Black Panther this past weekend, which ended up being more of an adventure than we had anticipated. We had pre-purchased our tickets, which meant that Saturday night we had to drive across town in the torrential rain. The streets were inundated by large pools of water, and in the dark […]

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