World War I Remembered at The Filson

April marked the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I and to commemorate the anniversary Filson staffers have been hard at work planning, researching and writing WWI content to share with our members and visitors. If you’ve yet to visit our WWI Exhibits “Called to Arms: Kentuckians in the First World War” and “Selling the War: Posters from […]

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Is This Thing On? — #OralHistoryDay at FHS

In celebration of Kentucky’s inaugural #OralHistoryDay, FHS’s archivists gathered first thing this morning to discuss and devise a plan. First order of business? Define what an oral history is (and what it is not). A helpful resource Doing Oral History breaks it down like this The next step for the group was to determine, based on the above definition, which holdings of The Filson’s would constitute as oral history. We […]

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The Filson is Featured in Latest University of Louisville Magazine

The Filson Historical Society was prominently noted in the Summer edition of the U of L Magazine featuring the university’s admittance into the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The article is featured in the top half of the image below, including a photo of Dr. A. Glenn Crothers, Director of Research and Jim Holmberg, Special Collections Curator. We encourage you to open and […]

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Coming up at The Filson – “National Issues, Local Struggles: The Civil Rights Movement in the Ohio Valley and Beyond”

I am an avid reader. At any one time, I’m reading no less than three books: one at work, one in the living room, and one on my nightstand. On my nightstand right now is The Help. It’s a gripping story that digs into race relations in early 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi. I first read this book in 2010 at the […]

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Jug Band Music Is Making a Comeback

One of my first assignments as Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator was to research the history of jug bands. Jug Bands? Musical groups whose sound revolved around whiskey jugs? My personal experience with jug band music consisted of Brisco Darling and his family band on reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. I certainly hadn’t heard of a resurgence of jug […]

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Bourbon events at The Filson, past and present.

Do you love bourbon? Are you interested in Kentucky’s distilling history? If you answered yes to the following questions, then don’t miss Mike Veach’s upcoming talk, “Political Intrigues and Scandals of the Distilling Industry,” at the Filson Historical Society, Friday June 24, noon. Knowledgeable on all things bourbon related, distilling historian Mike Veach is renown for his excellent bourbon events […]

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Filson Launches YouTube Channel!

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Have you ever wondered if the Filson collections include old film footage?  They do! Have you missed a lecture and wished you could view it later at your convenience?  Now you can! The Filson is pleased to introduce an institutional YouTube channel.  This channel allows visitors to glimpse digitized footage from historical films & home movies, watch select Filson […]

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Tree Thoughts

I’ve been lucky enough to live in a few different states, each with their own particular beauty. Rhode Island, the smallest state we have, has 400 miles of coastline. You don’t have to travel very far in any direction to find a glittering ocean vista or tranquil bay. The Bay Area in California is a cornucopia of natural delights, including […]

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