What do all of these images have in common?

By Sarah Strapp What do all of these images have in common? Other than being in The Filson’s collection, all of these images are prints. They are an engraving, an etching, a mezzotint, or a lithograph. These terms tell us how these images were made. Each is a different way to make a printed image on a page and all […]

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Louisville Scenes in ‘Reel’ Trouble

Being a new staff member here at The Filson, I am still acquainting myself with our Photograph and Print Collections, and exploring all the neat materials we have.  Recently, I stumbled across several old, small trunks, tucked away on a bottom shelf among the photograph collections.  Intrigued, I opened them up and discovered thirty-eight 16mm reel-to-reel films.  Overcome with excitement, […]

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The legend of Madoc ab Owain Gwynedd: Welsh Indians at the Falls of the Ohio

One of the more popular legends of colonial America was that of Prince Madoc of Wales. Madoc sailed west from Wales in 1170, perhaps becoming one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas. The story goes that the death Madoc’s father, Prince Owen Gwynedd of Wales, triggered internecine strife among his successors. Desiring no part in the conflict, Madoc […]

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Clara Gibson Through the Eyes of Others

Archival collections are funny things, sometimes.  Some people collect papers about themselves, such as diaries, business records, and news clippings about their accomplishments. Others collect documents about the people and events around them, documenting their own lives largely indirectly, through the words and actions of others. One of the latter types of collections is that of Clara Gibson, a Louisville, […]

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The Kentucky Derby: “Run for the Roses”

  As many of you may know this Saturday, May 4, 2013 marks the 139th “Run for the Roses” also known as the Kentucky Derby! Having only lived in the Commonwealth for 1 ½ years, I have become extremely fascinated by Kentucky cultural traditions and have spent many of my weekends exploring the states rich cultural history. The Kentucky Derby […]

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Spring is here!

Spring has finally made it to Louisville, and you won’t find a happier person than me (maybe). I adore warm weather, flowers, and even mowing the grass. Springtime means new life and fresh starts for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In honor of the warm weather, here are a few postcards  from our collection showcasing Churchill Downs. […]

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Sketches of War and Peace: The James William Abert Collection

The most common mental images of the American Civil War may be that of dramatic cavalry charges, roaring cannon, and soldiers charging across broken grounds with bayonets fixed. Quieter thoughts of the war might include stern faced generals contemplating intricate maps and drawings of fortifications with their subordinates.  Enthusiasts still study these maps and drawings today, yet we rarely pause […]

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The whimsical side of The Filson’s collections

I’m always delighted when my research for events takes me into The Filson’s collections, and I love a good piece of Louisville history. This week, I’ve been researching the Louisville clock, designed by Barney Bright in the 1970’s. The clock, which is the topic of The Craziest Thing You Ever Saw, a documentary by Alfred Shands, has fascinated me ever since we […]

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Health Care for African Americans in the Falls City: The Creation of a Second Louisville

I have recently been reading about health care in Louisville at the turn of the twentieth century, especially as it concerned the city’s African American population.  In honor of Black History Month, I will share some of what I have learned. In the decades following the Civil War, African Americans explored new avenues of opportunity and advancement, including the field […]

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Advertising in The Filson’s Collections

As an advertising/graphic design person, I have always been interested in graphics, ads, books, magazines, stationary, etc. I designed my own wedding invitations, and for each of our moves I sent out customized moving announcements. If you’ve sent me a card, chances are I still have it. One of my favorite classes in college was my History of Communication course. I loved […]

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