Yesterday’s YouTube 2: More Films!

If you haven’t already heard, we have been working hard here at The Filson to preserve several films from our collections.  Our most recent project is films from the Shirley T. Hemp Collection.  These films were shot on color and black and white 16mm film between 1926 and 1937.  They show Louisville as it was then, and includes rare footage […]

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Free Screening of Rare Filson Films At August 1st Market St. Trolley Hop!

Free Screening August 1st

If you missed The Filson Historical Society’s packed June 13th screening of this rare, amateur film footage of Louisville, Indianapolis, and the region, here’s your chance to see it at Dreamland! In 2013 The Filson, with support from the community through a Power2Give.org fundraising campaign, preserved three historic films from the Judge Arthur E. Hopkins Collection. Judge Hopkins (1881-1944) was […]

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Louisville Scenes in ‘Reel’ Trouble

Being a new staff member here at The Filson, I am still acquainting myself with our Photograph and Print Collections, and exploring all the neat materials we have.  Recently, I stumbled across several old, small trunks, tucked away on a bottom shelf among the photograph collections.  Intrigued, I opened them up and discovered thirty-eight 16mm reel-to-reel films.  Overcome with excitement, […]

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Looking for Information on Old Louisville Homes?

Recently, my husband and I have decided to purchase our first home. Being first-timers, there were a lot of things to consider besides price: which neighborhood(s)? How far do we want to drive? Do we want to live in the city or the suburbs? Finding information beyond what our realtor could provide us with was difficult and most likely included […]

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Whiskey Row Still in Strong ‘Spirits’.

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Developers, preservationists, and many Louisville citizens issued a collective sigh of relief this week upon Mayor Fischer’s announcement that “Whiskey Row” will not be demolished.  Five buildings of this historic block on Main Street, which could have seen seven buildings demolished as early as next week, will now be saved.  Whiskey Row is a beautiful example of […]

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Filson Receives IMLS Grant!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded The Filson Historical Society the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.  This grant includes a set of preservation resources (mainly texts) which is intended to assist museums, libraries, and archives in caring for their unique collections. The retail value for the ‘bookshelf’ of materials is over $800, and some publications are not […]

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Salvaging water-damaged books, papers, and photographs

On August 4, the greater Louisville area experienced massive rainfall and flooding. Many institutions, such as the Louisville Free Public Library and the Kentucky Derby Museum, suffered extensive damage. (Fortunately, the Filson made it through the flood with no damage to its collections.) Undoubtedly, personal papers and photographs still in the hands of individuals and families were harmed as well. […]

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