Tuesday, February 6, 1883 — Mardi Gras!

If you can’t have king cake (or boudin or crawfish…) on Mardi Gras, what better way to celebrate than to post a blog about everyone else enjoying those things? Alright, so while J.W. Stewart probably wasn’t wearing beads or eating a cake adorned with neon green, yellow and purple icing, complete with a plastic baby baked inside, I do know that […]

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New Year’s Greetings from The Filson Historical Society!

In an age long before wireless speakers, CD players or turntables, friends and family gathered around a piano to welcome the New Year – and bid farewell to the old. In the place of a stack of vinyl records, late Victorians had treasured collections of sheet music. Many of the popular airs of the day were illustrated with colorful prints or […]

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Get Your Pigskins Ready, It’s Super Bowl 50!

This Sunday is the 50th Super Bowl and we didn’t want to be left out of all the hubbub and fun; here are a few historic pictures to help get you into the spirit of the game–enjoy! Opening image: Football Team, Richmond, Ky.  (Madison County, Ky.) [Filson Subject Photo Collection – SPR/FB-23]   

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Dreaming of Snow, in Black and White

Sledders at Iroquois Park

The weather forecast for the rest of the year is in, and any hopes for a white Christmas in Kentuckiana have been conclusively dashed. It looks like rain and unseasonably warm temperatures nearly through the new year. But like the stereotypical elderly relative who regales the children with stories of the old days, when one had to walk miles through […]

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Holiday Cookies from Our Home(s) to Yours

For the final “Recipes from the Archives” post of 2015, I’ve decided to mix things up a little bit. So while I will of course feature a recipe from The Filson’s collections, I am also going to include a few personal favorites from various Filson staff. To kick things off, I’ll start with a Gingerbread recipe from the Corlis Respess Family […]

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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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It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Filson’s Christmas Gift Guide

I don’t know about you, but to me, there is something magical about this time of year. I truly enjoy searching out unique gifts for my loved ones and spreading holiday cheer. Then there are the special holiday drinks and treats that you only taste right this time of year (hello eggnog, Danish butter cookies, and peppermint hot chocolate). To […]

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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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Thanksgiving Classics: Pies, Sides & Turkey Roasting How-Tos

With Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!) just nine days (!) away, I decided it’s high time to share some holiday-inspired recipes. The following recipes come from a November 1959 Courier-Journal  special section titled “Cissy Gregg’s Cookbook.” Cissy was a long-time C-J columnist whose recipes appeared daily in a column titled “Cissy Gregg’s Cookbook and Guide to Gracious Living.” This column ran from 1942-1963. Interesting to note: Cissy’s column […]

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