Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The Mariners’ Compass Quilt

Today I want to talk about a Mariners’ Compass quilt found in our Artifact Collection. This quilt was a gift from Jim Buchart and was donated in 1979. Beyond that, we don’t have any additional information on the quilt. It is quite lovely with the added leaves around the compass blocks. From inspecting the photo, it’s not clear if this […]

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Get Your Pigskins Ready, It’s Super Bowl 50!

This Sunday is the 50th Super Bowl and we didn’t want to be left out of all the hubbub and fun; here are a few historic pictures to help get you into the spirit of the game–enjoy! Opening image: Football Team, Richmond, Ky.  (Madison County, Ky.) [Filson Subject Photo Collection – SPR/FB-23]   

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Ethel du Pont’s Little Red Auto Stories

Mention Ethel du Pont and those familiar* with the name will likely recount the labor journalist’s civil and women’s rights activism. Others may recall the intended socialite’s bold dismissal of her intended world and role. Most, however, wouldn’t associate du Pont with children’s literature. As it turns out, du Pont also explored various literary endeavors in addition to activism. One […]

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“Dear Nellie”: The Civil War Letters of Ellen M. Sherman

By James M. Prichard In a letter dated 18 November 1862, Myrtilla “Tillie” Galpin scolded her childhood friend: “Nellie why for mercy’s sake don’t you write? Do you ever think that we only have a short time to enjoy the comforts and blessings of this world….”  Tillie was not the only correspondent to chide Ellen M. “Nellie” Sherman (1840-1914) of […]

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Planning a Vacation with Eleanor and Enid

A combination of cold days and a new year have been ideal for vacation planning, so my husband and I checked out some guidebooks from the library and started planning a trip to Great Britain.  Before we visit a new place, we also like to explore some of its history because we find that it enriches our travel experience.  With […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

When I saw this image on Facebook recently; it reminded me of this postcard. This is an early 20th century Thanksgiving postcard from the Valentine and Greeting Card collection of Anna Bertrand. This collection was given to The Filson by Robert Zangmeister in 1992. The first image made me laugh because most of us do think of Thanksgiving as a […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The controversial theory of quilts used as a code to aid slaves on their escape

I’m always excited when I find a new quilt in our collections. I tend to stumble upon them in the database when I’m looking for something else and it’s a fun surprise. I was lucky to find mention of a Bear’s Paw quilt in PastPerfect. The back of the quilt bears the following inscription: “Made by Mrs. Hannah Haye, Born […]

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Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome, a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel and Sturtevant House, New York City; Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs; Occidental Hotel, San Francisco and Leland Hotel, Springfield), was himself employed […]

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[Eye] Candy: No Tricks just Treats

Nothing says Halloween more than candy. And nothing says candy like 20 lbs. of fudge. In the spirit of fall, candy, and all things Halloween, this month I’m sharing a recipe from the recently acquired Reed’s Candy Stores recipe book [Mss. BB R323]. Once located at 3600 W. Market as well as Fourth and Oak (building still stands at 3600 […]

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