A new collection of records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad available for research

It wasn’t called “The Old Reliable” without good cause. Additional records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L&N) from 1850 to 1900 have surfaced and are now available for viewing at the Filson. The railroad has impressed with its resilience, surviving the Civil War and the Great Depression along with social and technological changes throughout its 132 years. It […]

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Chew on This…a Bit More

I’m composing this quick post as a follow up to one of my early posts here on The Filson blog, dated 11 May 2011 – “Chew on This.”  In that post, I described some historic “prizes” contained within chewing gum packages, including illustrations of Confederate generals, which could be pasted into a collector’s book. Little did I know, we hold […]

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After the Fall

The Filson has several collections that have accounts of Kentuckians traveling in Europe.  Recently, we accessioned a scrapbook from Laura Woodson Callis Stewart and her trip to Europe in 1948. Laura and her husband David left the United States in March of 1948 to travel to Belgium for training as missionaries in Africa. While in training the couple traveled to […]

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A flock of turkeys and Mrs. P: A social medium from the early 20th century

By Heather Fox While cataloging a recently acquired collection of photographs related to the Breckinridge family, I came across a grouping of intriguing “real photo postcards” (RPPCs) taken of a family of tenant farmers living at one of the Breckinridge’s farms in Monticello, Illinois.  The eleven postcards not only provide a glimpse of rural life at the beginning of the […]

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Kentucky State Fair, 2012

It’s week two of the Kentucky State Fair here in Louisville, Kentucky – be sure to stop by the educational exhibits, which The Filson contributes to on a yearly basis! This year, the Civil War +150 exhibit returns, along with a new exhibit, War Hawks & Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812.  2012 marks the start of the […]

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Dairy Delivery Returns to Louisville

A few weeks ago, The Courier-Journal published an article about Ehrler’s Micro Dairy and their dairy delivery service in parts of Louisville. Growing up in Virginia, there were at least two instances where my family bought our dairy products from the local butter and egg man, so I was very intrigued to hear that something like this was available in Louisville. […]

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The Filson on C-SPAN 3

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop during their “2012 LCV Cities Tour” in Louisville, Kentucky in June to feature the history and literary life of our community.   One of their Louisville locations was The Filson, featuring an interview with Curator of Special Collections Jim Holmberg, and a behind-the-scenes tour!  

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Happy Birthday Rock

  No, not Rock Hudson or wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. No, this Rock is “The Rock of Chickamauga,” Union Major General George H. Thomas, who was born on July 31, 1816. Thomas not only had Kentucky connections during the Civil War but before and after it. In the Mexican War he served under Zachary Taylor, fighting at […]

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Keeping Cool in Louisville’s Summer Heat

I presented a Filson Friday lecture on Melville Otter’s life in “Old Louisville” (1911-1916) a couple of weeks ago, and will be sharing some bits from it here on The Filson blog.  Even in the ninteen-teens, Louisville youth were looking for ways to keep cool in the hot days of summer.  Young Melville Otter and her friends turned to swimming! […]

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“Hooray for the glorious fourth!!!”

  When you’re cursing your neighbor’s raucous and endless fireworks display or bemoaning the danger of patriotic pyrotechnics, do remember that the tradition of Independence Day fireworks is not all that new. “Firecrackers!!!!  Sky rockets!!!!! Roman candles!!!!!! Hooray for the glorious fourth!!!” Filson archivist Jennie Cole just came across this innocent historical gem and teenage testament to celebrating our nation’s […]

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