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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Filson Launches YouTube Channel!

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Have you ever wondered if the Filson collections include old film footage?  They do! Have you missed a lecture and wished you could view it later at your convenience?  Now you can! The Filson is pleased to introduce an institutional YouTube channel.  This channel allows visitors to glimpse digitized footage from historical films & home movies, watch select Filson […]

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Colonel Sanders

The front Great Room at the Filson Historical Society boasts one of the most recognized faces in the world with a connection to Kentucky. No, not Henry Clay, his portrait is in the dining room. It is not Abraham Lincoln, although we do have a portrait of him also. Situated amongst the busts of Generals and Senators and the paintings […]

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Mr. Skygak, From Mars.

It is always interesting to note what people collected in their scrapbooks. While cataloging the Charles Brandenburg Scrapbook, I found it interesting that he collected a series of one panel comics from newspapers between 1907 and 1909. This comic was titled “Mr. Skygak, From Mars”, done by A. D. Condo. This strip is often referred to as the first “Science […]

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What did the “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy” carry in his pocket?

A tiny bible! This small pocket Bible, signed on the title page by John Hunt Morgan, was carried by him during the Civil War.  It became a part of the Filson’s rare collection in 1955 as a gift from John Wilson Townsend. Born June 1, 1825 in Huntsville, Alabama, John Hunt Morgan was the eldest of Calvin and Henrietta Hunt […]

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