Success Stories: Student Researchers at The Filson

Filson researchers in the making! [Filson Photograph Collection – SCH-76 GR Clark School, n.d.] Recently at The Filson we’ve undergone a tremendous amount of change, from moving not just our reading room from floor to floor (to floor, to floor…) but also rearranging our entire campus what with reception in another building entirely, as well as combining reference services (the […]

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Additions to PastPerfect Online: Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston’s “Mountain” Collection

by Jennie Cole Thanks to volunteer Chip Arbegust and Associate Curator for Photographs and Prints Heather Potter, The Filson’s online photo offerings continue to grow in PastPerfect Online.  Chip and Heather are currently focusing on the “Mountain” photograph collection of former Filson president and major donor Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston; three counties’ worth of materials are now available for your viewing […]

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Beans and Boats: Or, How the Virtual Card Catalog Helped Find Entries on Canning

His wife is a genius in canning fruits and vegetables. She told me how to can string beans so they would keep the whole year round. You take and string the beans same as if you were going to cook them for the table breaking them up then put them in mason jars, fill the jars as full as it […]

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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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Portion of Filson Photograph Collection Now Available Online!

Over the last year and a half, Special Collections staff have worked hard to clean-up old records in our PastPerfect database, which is used to describe both our audiovisual and museum collection.  This clean-up process has focused on our photograph collections, specifically to make sure data was entered into the appropriate fields, to conduct additional research, and to update records with […]

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Finding Your Way Home: Archivist Explores the History of 205 S. Peterson Avenue

This past March I attended Steve Wiser’s lecture titled “Historic Homes of Frankfort Avenue” at the Peterson Dumesnil home. As a resident of the Clifton neighborhood I was excited to learn more about the homes located on—and around— a street I travel daily. As expected, Wiser’s talk was interesting and full of wonderful images and information (if you have yet to attend […]

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New Kentucky Derby Gallery

On Monday, May 17, 1875, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. decided to rally the crowds for the Derby and opened the infield to the public free of charge, according to one source. The last nail was hammered into the new grandstand moments before the gate opened and the first racing fans entered. Derby Day at Churchill Downs postcard, ca. 1920-1930s. [Postcard Collection, HRA-21]

It’s arguably the biggest week in Louisville, as the town gets geared up for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.  You’ve likely already seen Assistant Curator Johna Picco’s post on the perfect Mint Julep. To continue to help you get in the spirit, whether you are near or far, Associate Curator Heather Stone has compiled a new addition to […]

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Holiday Cheer from The Filson

This is a screen shot of an entry in the Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog for the subject heading, "Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932."

Just like that jolly old elf with a sack of presents on his back, this holiday season The Filson is also delivering a few “gifts” to researchers and history enthusiasts.  Two projects in development over the past year are in their initial launch stages on our website. The Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog will make descriptions of The Filson’s vast manuscript collection […]

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Who Do You Think You Are – Find Out at the Filson!

Written by Laura Wheaton. The genealogy research phenomenon has taken on a new life with the production and broadcast of TLC’s season five of their famous show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” The first episode featured actor Cynthia Nixon, who discovered her ancestor was an axe murderer! To find out if you have an axe murderer, (or governor, homemaker, […]

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How-To Guide: Researching Home History at The Filson

By Jordan Sangmeister Frequently I hear members of our community curious about the history of their old home.  The Filson is a fantastic resource for doing such research.  With so many historic homes and buildings in Louisville I embarked on a crash course to writing a how-to guide for all home history hunters. My first step was choosing what property […]

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