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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Memorial Address delivered by Hon. Samuel McKee

With Memorial Day approaching, a quick “memorial day” search of the online catalog turned up quite a few interesting results. The Filson Historical Society Library has an extensive collection of pamphlets in which various Civil War related speeches and addresses are printed. One in particular is a Rare Pamphlet of a transcription of a Memorial Day address delivered at the […]

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Trails in The Filson’s Archives

On October 6, in celebration of my 27th birthday I will be running a 50k (31 mile) trail race in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  A few weeks ago, after I learned that it was not advisable for me to run the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, I started looking for a new race in a new place. A few of […]

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Architectural archives for the present and posterity

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter The Filson is pleased to announce that after years of preservation and cataloging efforts, the D. X. Murphy & Bro., Architects Records (1854 – 1949) are complete and open to researchers. This massive collection of historical architectural drawings and business records documents 95 years of Louisville’s rich architectural history, mainly through the business records and drawings generated […]

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The Cyclone of March 26, 27, AND 28th, 1890

The tornados which roared through the Ohio Valley (including West Liberty, Kentucky and Henryville, Indiana) between March 2nd and 3rd of this year were particularly devastating. While residents of the Ohio Valley region are certainly no strangers to unseasonable if not downright crazy weather, photos and videos portraying the aftermath of these storms are simply heartbreaking and seem to provoke […]

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Samuel Plato, Louisville Architect.

This morning’s Louisville Courier-Journal’s profile for Black History Month has provided another opportunity (York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a couple of weeks ago) to give additional information on a famous African American who called Louisville home for much of his life: Samuel Plato. The Filson is home to both papers and photographs that help document the life […]

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Veterans Organizations in the United States

When perusing lists of veterans’ organizations around the world, it’s interesting to note that most countries are limited to one or two societies.  The United States on the other hand has more than eighty.  Why such a plethora?  Perhaps it is because we are such a diverse country, represented by so many nationalities and interest groups.  The war in Vietnam, […]

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