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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The Forgotten War of Captain Craik

Captain James S. Craik (1921-2004) of Louisville was proud of his service as a C-47 transport pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. From an airfield in northwestern India, he flew over 211 missions deep into Burma, a land of treacherous weather, forbidding mountains and vast jungle terrain. He also completed three missions flying “The Hump”, the […]

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Kentucky Archives Month 2015: Voting and Civil Rights

As we move into fall and the Halloween season, I wanted to remind everyone that October is also an important month here in the archives.  October is American Archives Month and we will be celebrating here in Kentucky! For a little background, Kentucky Archives Week began in 2002, following a national trend of states and localities celebrating a local archives […]

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“It Gives Me Pleasure” : The past and present history of quilting bees

Note: We’re sorry about the radio silence on the blog! Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to post a blog post last week. “The Lone Quilter” I am what some call a “lone quilter.” Prior to this year, I did not belong to any quilting guilds, sewing bees, or swap groups. I started sewing when I was given […]

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New in the Library

Although we have been quite busy moving parts of the library to make way for renovations, new items continue to arrive for the collection.  Here is a list of some books that have been given to us over the last few months. Frederick Law Olmstead: Plans and views of public parks, by Charles E. Beverage. First Virginia Avenue Missionary Baptist […]

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The Case of the Avaricious Businesswoman

It was a mundane Monday morning in the archives. I had just started a new project and was sorting the records of a nursing home for the elderly in Louisville. I was surrounded (quite literally) by stacks of meeting minutes, reports, and financial records. If it sounds a bit snooze-worthy, it wouldn’t be far from the truth. But then I […]

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