Meet Maureen Lane: Registrar

Pathway to The Filson I first started working in museums about 15 years ago when I began volunteering at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I also met my future husband Matt there who was also a volunteer. We were set up on a blind date by a staff member and got married in the museum two years later. […]

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Meet Heather Potter: Curator of Photographs and Prints

Pathway to The Filson Heather Potter received her BA in History from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Master of Library Science with a special­ization in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University at Bloomington. She first started processing photo collections as a Master’s student and worked as a Project Archivist for the Kentucky Folklife Program Archives at the […]

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The Path of Totality: Experiencing Kentucky’s Darkest Day 2017

[Shadows at the start of the Eclipse] I must admit, while many people planned their trip to see the 2017 Total Eclipse for months if not years, I didn’t even know about it until a few months prior. Once I found out the path of totality was going straight through Kentucky my husband Brendan and I decided, let’s go! We […]

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The Kentuckiana Family Research Conference

The Filson Historical Society Library would like to let you know that our library reference specialist, Kara Hennis will be speaking at the Kentuckiana Family Research Conference on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. This conference will be held at The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1000 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, beginning at 8:45 […]

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Filson Staff on the Move!

This series will highlight various events/exhibits that our staff members are involved with outside of their work at The Filson Historical Society. This month, there is a Women’s History Month installation in the lobby of the Federal building (600 Dr. Martin Luther King Place). Filson Archivists Robin Wallace, Jennie Cole, and Sarah-Jane Poindexter organized the display, which is in two […]

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“Go West, Young Man”

That famous advice dispensed by 19th century newspaperman Horace Greeley for young Americans to head west as the tide of Manifest Destiny swept across the Great Plains to the Pacific is being followed today by one of our own. After five years and eight months at The Filson, today is Jacob Lee’s last day. Jacob first came to The Filson […]

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Reflections on Gettysburg

My family and I recently returned from a visit to Pennsylvania. While there we took the opportunity to revisit the Gettysburg National Military Park (having last been there in 1996). Anyone who has ever been there knows what a moving experience it is. Touring the museum, viewing the restored Cyclorama, and of course driving and walking over the field (with […]

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