All the World’s a Stage: Entertainment in Louisville, 1778-present

It’s December again, which means it’s time for the rollout of 2017’s holiday blockbusters.  I don’t make it to the movies very often but I will be going to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Pixar recently released its latest offering, Coco, which also looks interesting.  I doubt I’ll see more than those two.  I’m rather critical of movies these […]

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What’s New in the Library

Several interesting items have come through the Filson cataloging department lately; some purchased and some donated. Newly purchased rare pamphlets on the life of Henry Clay, 1777-1852, and his candidacy for the United States presidency in 1824 and 1844 will be great additions to our rare political pamphlet collection. David and Penelope Pearson donated three interesting pamphlets concerning Pearson’s Funeral […]

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Vu iz valdo? Revisiting Collections Through a Jewish Lens

What we seek often determines not only what we find but what we overlook in the process. My two-year-old niece and nephew have recently discovered the joy of the Where’s Waldo? books, screaming with delight when they manage to locate that telltale striped hat and scarf amidst globetrotting visual chaos. Sometimes they need help though, and the patient adult whose […]

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“Excursion to the Sun via Kentucky”: Kentucky Solar Eclipses Then and Now

This weekend, an estimated 100,00 to 200,000 visitors will pour into Kentucky from around the globe, their pilgrimage motivated by a once in a lifetime opportunity: witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. While the entire United States will experience some form of partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon’s complete obscuration of the sun will occur along a […]

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Genealogical Research Allows Filson Artifacts to Come Alive!

The following post is written by Wendy Brimhall, summer intern at the Filson. +++ Have you ever visited an antique shop or a museum exhibit and while looking at the artifacts wanted to know more about the people who originally owned them? For example, when and where did they live? What did they do for a living? Were they involved […]

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Mayor’s Summer Works at The Filson

The following post is written by Filson summer employee William Schuhmann.  +++ My name is Will Schuhmann. I am 17 years old and will be a senior next year at Ballard High School. I have been an intern at the Filson Historical Society since July 12th through Mayor’s Summer Works: a seven-week program where Louisville youth are paid by the city […]

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Happy 4th of July

The Filson Historical Society would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! We will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, but will be open the rest of the week. To kick off your holiday, a few patriotic archival finds of the day: two pieces of WWI era sheet music and a fun A. L. Due […]

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Daydreaming

As I sit here at my desk and peer out my window the sun and trees capture my imagination. I can faintly hear the birds chirping, I can see the leaves on the trees out front gently blowing in the wind, and my mind begins to wander. Oh how a long to be outside enjoying mother nature in all her […]

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World War I Remembered at The Filson

April marked the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I and to commemorate the anniversary Filson staffers have been hard at work planning, researching and writing WWI content to share with our members and visitors. If you’ve yet to visit our WWI Exhibits “Called to Arms: Kentuckians in the First World War” and “Selling the War: Posters from […]

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Sharing the Stories of WWI: The Adventures of Spafford Ackerly

Have you heard about the Filson’s new World War I exhibits?  Called to Arms: Kentuckians in the First World War and Selling the War: Posters from WWI are both open to the public by guided tour. Now that the frenzied preparations for the opening are over, I’m excited to guide visitors through the completed exhibit spaces.  I think the best […]

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