Springtime and Camping: A February 3rd Daydream

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved groundhog, saw his shadow yesterday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter.  While not surprised to hear the news, I was a little saddened because I have been day-dreaming about camping season since early December.  We are lucky to live in Kentucky where we have some amazing state and national parks, many of which […]

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Food (or drink!) for thought: Announcing a NEW monthly post

Beginning next Friday, the Filson Blog will publish the first post in a twelve post series titled: “Recipes from the Archives” in which we’ll feature, yep, you guessed it, recipes (and images!) from The Filson Historical Society’s archives and library. So while the rest of y’all are working hard to maintain your new year’s resolution to lose weight or hit the […]

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Super Bowl 2015 and Football at the Filson

Is everyone excited for the Super Bowl this Sunday?  Or at least excited about watching the commercials?  I have to admit that a matchup between the Patriots and the Seahawks seems a little anticlimactic to me.  Even more enthusiastic fans than myself may be a little disappointed to see the Patriots (yet again) and the Seahawks (didn’t they just win […]

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New Civil War Books

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is wrapping up this year and with it comes new scholarship on a myriad of topics. The Filson has collected several new books for the collection suitable for background research, fact finding, and general enjoyable reading. I have selected five books for this post that to me represent the diversity of topics from both independent […]

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Culinary Adventures in The Filson’s Collections

The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, my family congregated in the kitchen and prepared a special meal together: turkey, stuffing, a plethora of sides, and–my favorite–three flavors of homemade pie. Many families have holiday traditions surrounding the food that is prepared and shared. Recipes that we learned from our parents and grandparents have […]

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New Books from the Ernie Ellison Collection

Long-time volunteer, Ernie Ellison, worked in the Special Collections of The Filson Historical Society many years ago. After his death, the family offered The Filson the opportunity to purchase items from his personal collection. It was an offer that curator Jim Holmberg was quick to accept. “Ernie had a large assortment of books, photographs, maps, and documents that spanned many […]

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Camp Zachary Taylor Lands Photo Album

Auction brochure, Camp Zachary Taylor Records, The Filson Historical Society

This summer, I gave my Filson Friday lecture on Louisville’s World War I cantonment, Camp Zachary Taylor, as revealed through the Filson’s manuscript, photo, and printed material collections.  [Members can listen to this lecture online.]  The Filson’s photo collections of the CZT area and operations were one of the main draws in my choice of topic for this lecture. The […]

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It’s that time of year again: The Kentucky State Fair

August is a month that generally brings to mind going back to school, the return of fall, and new beginnings. In Kentucky, August also reminds us of one thing: the Kentucky State Fair. Beginning in 1902, the Kentucky State Fair has been a longstanding tradition for many residents of our state. From it’s first location at Churchill Downs to it’s current […]

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