Wakanda Forever! : Celebrating Louisville’s Innovators & Entrepreneurs

I went with my husband and some friends to see Black Panther this past weekend, which ended up being more of an adventure than we had anticipated. We had pre-purchased our tickets, which meant that Saturday night we had to drive across town in the torrential rain. The streets were inundated by large pools of water, and in the dark […]

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Lincoln’s last photograph

We are well into February and are about to celebrate President’s Day next Monday. President’s Day was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. While the US did celebrate this day for years, the holiday became known as President’s Day after it was moved in 1971 in […]

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Cracksmen, Counterfeiters, and Fancy Women: A Glimpse of the Late Victorian Underworld

By James Prichard The criminal underworld of late Victorian Louisville was populated by a colorful mixture of safe crackers, house breakers, counterfeiters, and ruthless killers. The old “Red Light District” centered on Lafayette Street, which disappeared during the construction of Interstate 65. Known locally as “The Chute,” the area featured the establishments of notorious madams, including one with the alluring […]

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Building a Healthier Louisville: Dorothy Joseph’s Mental Health Activism

Health is more than just physical well-being. My husband is a doctor and many of the families he encounters do not suffer from physical ailments alone. In recent months, I’ve been struck by the number of my own friends and family who have struggled with mental illness: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc. It might be that I’m paying more attention, […]

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All the World’s a Stage: Entertainment in Louisville, 1778-present

It’s December again, which means it’s time for the rollout of 2017’s holiday blockbusters.  I don’t make it to the movies very often but I will be going to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Pixar recently released its latest offering, Coco, which also looks interesting.  I doubt I’ll see more than those two.  I’m rather critical of movies these […]

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What’s New in the Library

Several interesting items have come through the Filson cataloging department lately; some purchased and some donated. Newly purchased rare pamphlets on the life of Henry Clay, 1777-1852, and his candidacy for the United States presidency in 1824 and 1844 will be great additions to our rare political pamphlet collection. David and Penelope Pearson donated three interesting pamphlets concerning Pearson’s Funeral […]

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Vu iz valdo? Revisiting Collections Through a Jewish Lens

What we seek often determines not only what we find but what we overlook in the process. My two-year-old niece and nephew have recently discovered the joy of the Where’s Waldo? books, screaming with delight when they manage to locate that telltale striped hat and scarf amidst globetrotting visual chaos. Sometimes they need help though, and the patient adult whose […]

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“Excursion to the Sun via Kentucky”: Kentucky Solar Eclipses Then and Now

This weekend, an estimated 100,00 to 200,000 visitors will pour into Kentucky from around the globe, their pilgrimage motivated by a once in a lifetime opportunity: witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. While the entire United States will experience some form of partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon’s complete obscuration of the sun will occur along a […]

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Genealogical Research Allows Filson Artifacts to Come Alive!

The following post is written by Wendy Brimhall, summer intern at the Filson. +++ Have you ever visited an antique shop or a museum exhibit and while looking at the artifacts wanted to know more about the people who originally owned them? For example, when and where did they live? What did they do for a living? Were they involved […]

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Mayor’s Summer Works at The Filson

The following post is written by Filson summer employee William Schuhmann.  +++ My name is Will Schuhmann. I am 17 years old and will be a senior next year at Ballard High School. I have been an intern at the Filson Historical Society since July 12th through Mayor’s Summer Works: a seven-week program where Louisville youth are paid by the city […]

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