Chew on This…

I loved chewing gum as a child. Big League Chew was a favorite, as well as Bubble Yum (watermelon – especially if it had the green outer ring and pink center). I patiently put up with Trident and Dentyne when they were the only sticks around (typically grandparent-provided). For a few years, my parents kept me supplied with boxes of […]

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The Civil War Begins

Today, April 12th, marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, America’s bloodiest and costliest war. The cannon that opened up on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor early that morning would not fall silent for four years.  When the war ended over 600,000 Americans had died and the South faced years of rebuilding and recovery. As we […]

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Resources not found in the Online Catalog: Family Files, Historical Files, and Newspaper clippings

Often when patrons visit the Filson Library there are a few resources outside of the catalog that I like to introduce to them. For those doing genealogical research, family files can be an excellent resource. Family files are a collection of vertical files that contain information relating to a particular surname. The information in each file typically relates to research […]

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Finding the “Cave” in Cave Hill Cemetery

While perusing the records of Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery for a recent reference inquiry, I was suddenly struck by the cemetery’s name – Cave Hill, and wondered, “Is there actually a cave at Cave Hill?” Caves have always been a source of minor fascination for me – not an allure that led me into geology or serious study of them, […]

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Historical Fact or Fiction?

See if you can accurately finish this statement: “Our Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to… (a)  end taxation without representation (b)  break the hold of Great Britain and become a free nation (c)  form a confederation of states (d)  end slavery If you selected “end slavery,” you would not be historically accurate. Not only did the founding fathers fail to dismantle […]

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Crimes and Disasters- The Roy B. Parsons Scrapbooks

We may tend to think of the obsession with crimes and disasters as a modern preoccupation, but sensational stories have had an avid audience ever since there have been venues in which they could be reported.  Our forbearers preoccupation with macabre and shocking stories was brought to life in Michael Lessy’s book, Wisconsin Death Trip, based on a collection of […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

The recent federal holiday marking the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has continued to inspire many to consider the idea of equality and justice for all citizens. Personally, I noticed many facebook statuses on Monday quoting the Reverend’s words, the most popular quote being “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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Camp Zachary Taylor

In the stacks at the Filson Historical Society lay panoramic photos of an old US Army training site that once was a major part of Louisville.  Camp Zachary Taylor, named for Louisville resident and American President Zachary Taylor, was a World War I training camp built in 1917, the largest of 16 such camps that dotted the United States to […]

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A New Year: Time for Endings and Beginnings

As we pull up to the end of another year, I can’t help but feeling that time is moving more quickly. How can 2010 be over?  I’m not ready to face 2011!  So many things weren’t accomplished this past year, or weren’t accomplished the way I had hoped….  Case in point, this blog post – it probably should have been […]

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All I Want For Christmas…

A recent email to my mother regarding some gift possibilities for Christmas led her to reminisce about the “good old days” when my sister and I penned letters to St. Nick, detailing how we had been good girls for the past year and requesting certain items as presents for Christmas.  The letters were carefully deposited on the family room coffee […]

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