Filson Library’s New Digs

During the renovations of the Ferguson Mansion, part of the overall expansion of the Filson Historical Society, the Filson’s Library staff has moved to the first floor and set up shop temporarily in the mansion’s original library and dining room. The books from the second floor reading room have been moved to the “Closed Stacks”, our onsite storage rooms. In […]

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Campus Expansion Project Update

The Cornerstone Campaign is nearing the $10.5 million mark, and construction on our $11.75 million Campus Expansion Project, especially the new Owsley Brown II History Center, is making rapid progress. Work on the 4th story of the Center began this week and is already level with the Ferguson Mansion’s 3rd floor. Renovations to the Carriage House are well underway. The renovated […]

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The Filson’s Campus Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Filson Historical Society held its official groundbreaking ceremony May 8, 2014 for the expansion and renovation of its Old Louisville campus.  The addition will add more than 20,000 square feet of new archival storage for The Filson’s collections, as well as improved conference, lecture, classroom and exhibit space, enabling The Filson to expand it’s mission and service to all […]

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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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Found in the stacks: “The Filson Club and It’s Activities 1884-1922”

Here at The Filson, the majority of my day-to-day responsibilities – on paper at least – revolve around increasing membership and growing the annual fund. But while searching through the stacks for a replacement issue of a past copy of Ohio Valley History, I stumbled upon a book that caught my attention. There sitting next to the back issues of […]

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The Ferguson Mansion

Whether visiting the Filson Historical Society to do research or just to tour the building, the most frequent remark made by patrons tends to be something along the lines of “wow, you are so lucky to work in such a beautiful place!”  This “beautiful place”, known as the Ferguson Mansion (named for Edwin Hite Ferguson), draws people in with its […]

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183 and Counting

The Filson’s volunteers find their way to us through a variety of ways. It might be a lecture they attended, a book they read, or an interest in Kentucky history. But whatever the reason, they bring a set of experiences and talent with them to us that can be used to help The Filson fulfill its mission. Professor Laurence A. […]

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The Filson Bids Farewell to Heather Fox

Friday, September 4, marks Special Collections Assistant Heather Fox’s final day at The Filson.  In May 2008, Heather joined the staff as an H. F. Boehl Summer Intern, while she completed her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Since last August, she has served in her current position as Special Collections Assistant.  She now moves […]

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Recently Discovered Filson Film and Home Movie Day

While surveying the Filson’s audio-visual collection last week I found an 8mm Filson home movie.  Entitled “The Filson Moves Along” the film includes footage from May 1971 of “scenes of the Filson Club party preparations, Mr. Harry Hill carving ham, members preparing beaten biscuits and ham on the day before the party” and also scenes from the Filson Club Christmas […]

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Happy Birthday to The Filson!

Inaugural Blog Post Celebrates The Filson’s 125th Birthday and New Website This month The Filson launches its new website. It has a new look that we believe viewers will enjoy; and more content that we know researchers will find useful. Additions will continue being made so viewers should check back regularly. One of the new features of The Filson site […]

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