“Excursion to the Sun via Kentucky”: Kentucky Solar Eclipses Then and Now

This weekend, an estimated 100,00 to 200,000 visitors will pour into Kentucky from around the globe, their pilgrimage motivated by a once in a lifetime opportunity: witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. While the entire United States will experience some form of partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon’s complete obscuration of the sun will occur along a […]

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Cucumbers & Cream Cheese, oh my!

Spring has sprung! Not only are the flowers in full bloom and the weather is warm, but it is Derby week here in Louisville. Those who work with me know that while I am not a native Kentuckian I have fallen in love with this wonderful Kentucky tradition. The fanciful hats; the glorious golden elixir, Bourbon, mixed with a sprig […]

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Filson Finds: the Bullitt Family Papers

Unlikely Squatter: The intimate exchanges of Anne Christian, 1770 to 1787 by Melissah J. Pawlikowski Anne Christian exchanged letters with an intimate circle made up mostly of women. A Jane Austen cast of childhood acquaintances, the group persisted into adulthood as each married into a network of brothers and associates commissioned in Virginia’s military. I pulled Anne’s personal correspondence for […]

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Filson Finds: Three Letters

Hidden Historical Treasures at The Filson By Brian Craig Miller The Filson Historical Society has had a profound impact on my career as a researcher and writer for more than a decade.  When I was in graduate school at the University of Mississippi, I made the nearly six hour drive from Oxford to Louisville and spent several blissful days astonished […]

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Filson Finds: the Johnston Family Papers

On the Personal Effects of an Old Soldier By Dr. Barton A. Myers At the bottom of a large stack of acid-free folders, the very last folder in the Johnston Family Papers that I expected to examine at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky that afternoon, was a file labeled simply “Correspondence, 10 May 1862, Ed Munford to Jefferson […]

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Filson Finds: the Bodley Family Papers

We are pleased to present a new section of the John Filson Blog: Filson Finds. Every researcher has had that great moment when they come across the document they have been searching for, seemingly forever!  Or that moment when they suddenly realize that the thing they have been looking for has been right in front of them all along! We […]

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