Additions to PastPerfect Online: Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston’s “Mountain” Collection

by Jennie Cole Thanks to volunteer Chip Arbegust and Associate Curator for Photographs and Prints Heather Potter, The Filson’s online photo offerings continue to grow in PastPerfect Online.  Chip and Heather are currently focusing on the “Mountain” photograph collection of former Filson president and major donor Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston; three counties’ worth of materials are now available for your viewing […]

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Music in Wartime: Song Composition during the First World War

by Pauline Ottaviano. World War I was a time of great change for the American people.  They lived in a time when nearly everything was unsure.  Men were being drafted and leaving home and work.  Paper and other goods had to be saved.  Money was tight.  One thing that kept families and soldiers alike going was music.  The music of […]

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Fun with Flags: A Pictorial Celebration of Flag Day

If you are a fan of the show The Big Bang Theory, then you definitely know about Sheldon’s YouTube/podcast show, “Sheldon Cooper presents: Fun with Flags,” which was created by characters Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler to teach vexillology, the study of flags and related emblems. While I myself am not a scholar of flags, I do appreciate a […]

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To The Halls of Montezuma: A Kentuckian in Mexico

By James M. Prichard, Manuscript Cataloger   The outbreak of the Mexican War found Simon Bolivar Buckner serving as a young second lieutenant in the 2nd United States Infantry. A recent graduate of West Point, the future Confederate general and Kentucky governor was detailed as assistant instructor of Geography, History, and Ethics at the Academy. When war came in the spring […]

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Exploring Louisville’s South End

I’m always fascinated by how much the built environment has changed over time.  Businesses and residences that once were integral parts of the landscape have long since been demolished, many leaving little trace of their existence beyond what was captured by a camera lens.  Other structures survive but only as shells of their former selves – rundown eyesores, sagging and […]

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Have You Ordered Your Summer Piano Yet?

[C/B Baldwin Company]

In June of 1913, with the summer travel season coming on, the Louisville sales office of the Baldwin Company engaged in a direct mail marketing campaign to sell pianos to rural families. According to the letter, sent to Mrs. G. H. Fleck of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the company had but just then realized that their efforts in advertising in the city […]

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Construction of Camp Zachary Taylor

[Above image: View of Camp Zachary Taylor, WW I-16.] Camp Zachary Taylor (CZT) was created in June 1917 for the purpose of training American troops following the United States entry into World War I in April that year.  The camp was located southeast and south of Louisville, with camp headquarters being north of the later Poplar Level Road and the […]

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Mail Day!

Sending and receiving mail is high on my list of favorite things. Just the other day I penned a letter to my 5-year-old niece asking if she would be my pen pal. Today, as I write this, I am anxiously awaiting a box that holds my wedding save the dates (pretty sure every front desk volunteer has heard me say “If […]

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Women’s History at The Filson

March is Women’s History Month, and we make women’s history available every day here at The Filson. In a past Women’s History Month blog post, I detailed links to prior blog posts for those interested in what sort of Women’s History we have available here at The Filson.  Since that time, we’ve had more useful blogs on women and women’s […]

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Exploring the architecture of Crescent Hill and the Highlands

Unknown residence [ARS-37]

By Chip Arbegust, Filson Special Collections Volunteer For the last two years I have been volunteering in The Filson’s Special Collections department assisting with scanning photographs for image orders, in-house use, and different cataloging projects headed by Associate Curator of Photographs, Heather Potter.  As I walked through the doors of the Filson one Tuesday morning last November, per usual, I […]

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