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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The Textiles of Geneva Howard Bell

By: Jennifer Spence – Filson Volunteer Earlier this year the Filson acquired a series of clothing pieces from the Estate of Geneva Howard Bell. Geneva and her husband, Dr. Jesse B. Bell, the first black physician to practice at Jewish Hospital, worked tirelessly to improve the health and education of children in Kentucky. She was an active member of Mount […]

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The whimsical side of The Filson’s collections

I’m always delighted when my research for events takes me into The Filson’s collections, and I love a good piece of Louisville history. This week, I’ve been researching the Louisville clock, designed by Barney Bright in the 1970’s. The clock, which is the topic of The Craziest Thing You Ever Saw, a documentary by Alfred Shands, has fascinated me ever since we […]

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Farewell Filson

By Heather Fox This is my last week as Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson, and as a farewell I’d like to post a few of my favorite images from our collection. It’s been a great pleasure working with the collections and the wonderful staff. Enjoy.

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Holiday Inspiration in The Filson’s Collections

Has the holiday season snuck up on everyone this year, or is it just me? My tree is up, but only adorned by three (three!) ornaments. Last week, I hung up two wreaths outside, and I managed to put up a small table centerpiece, but really, I’ve been caught off guard. This year has flown by and I’m feeling a […]

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Attention Designers! Southern Exposition material at The Filson

I was very excited to read about the South Fourth Street Association’ s Fountain Court Design Competition on Broken Sidewalk.  Not only will this new design be a fabulous addition to the Old Louisville neighborhood, but the request for ties to the area’s past through an incorporation of the Louisville Southern Exposition satisfy the historical side of me as well. […]

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Architectural archives for the present and posterity

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter The Filson is pleased to announce that after years of preservation and cataloging efforts, the D. X. Murphy & Bro., Architects Records (1854 – 1949) are complete and open to researchers. This massive collection of historical architectural drawings and business records documents 95 years of Louisville’s rich architectural history, mainly through the business records and drawings generated […]

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Esteemed Canine Researcher Visits Filson

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Even though Spring has just begun, it almost feels like the dog days of summer in the Louisville area.  Maybe the weather is bringing canine researchers to the Filson in packs, or perhaps it’s our extensive resources on the canine history of the Ohio River Valley. This Sunday, April 1, the Filson had the pleasure of assisting […]

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Math, History, and William Marshall Bullitt

Math: the subject that keeps me from getting a degree in meteorology and has been known to bring tears to my eyes. Whatever you call it, it is not something I am particularly good at.  Though I do have fondness for algebra and trigonometry, on the whole, math and I are not friends. Don’t even talk to me about calculus; […]

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All I Want For Christmas…

A recent email to my mother regarding some gift possibilities for Christmas led her to reminisce about the “good old days” when my sister and I penned letters to St. Nick, detailing how we had been good girls for the past year and requesting certain items as presents for Christmas.  The letters were carefully deposited on the family room coffee […]

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