Exploring the architecture of Crescent Hill and the Highlands

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By Chip Arbegust, Filson Special Collections Volunteer For the last two years I have been volunteering in The Filson’s Special Collections department assisting with scanning photographs for image orders, in-house use, and different cataloging projects headed by Associate Curator of Photographs, Heather Potter.  As I walked through the doors of the Filson one Tuesday morning last November, per usual, I […]

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A Tale of Two Floors

Time – and tools – do indeed change things. Those who have visited the second floor of The Filson to use the library and attend programs no doubt remember what it looked like. That was “once upon a time.” As the new Owsley Brown II History Center continues to rise and the interior of the carriage house is completely remade […]

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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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Etiquette Then and Now: Are Manners a Thing of the Past?

With Derby and its associated parties behind us, I thought this an apt time to pen a post rather tangentially related to food and the preparation/serving of: party etiquette. The Filson has a handful of 19th and 20th century books and other manuscript items on the topic of etiquette, something that sadly seems to be falling all too often to the […]

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Then and Now: Fourth Street and Walnut/Muhammad Ali Blvd.

By Jennie Cole While meandering through Louisville, I often find myself musing on the history of its buildings and intersections, given my near-daily interactions with Louisville’s photographic past here at The Filson.  Likewise, when I see images of former Louisville street scenes hanging as decor in restaurants, businesses, etc., I always pause and attempt to pick out the location – […]

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We Remember: A Tribute to 9/11

For every generation, there is a moment that occurs in history in which we remember exactly what we were doing when we heard about it. Today, we remember the moment that occurred for the recent generation, the attacks of September 11, 2001. While these events may not have occurred near the city of Louisville, there are stories of people associated […]

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Dairy Delivery Returns to Louisville

A few weeks ago, The Courier-Journal published an article about Ehrler’s Micro Dairy and their dairy delivery service in parts of Louisville. Growing up in Virginia, there were at least two instances where my family bought our dairy products from the local butter and egg man, so I was very intrigued to hear that something like this was available in Louisville. […]

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An Homage to Germantown

As a recent transplant to this fair city from multiple places around the globe, I was fascinated by the history and culture that Louisville had to offer.  Although I began my Louisville experience living in the East End, I recently relocated to a quiet little street in Germantown.  The area intrigued me from the first time I mistakenly drove through […]

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Shamrocks and Shillelaghs! A Bit of History on the Louisville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With March well underway, one of my favorite holidays comes to mind–St. Patrick’s Day. As far as I know I’m not Irish, but I’m fairly sure that is of no consequence with regard to the celebration of the rich traditions of the Irish community in Louisville, KY. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day guarantees fun to be had by all, […]

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Louisville’s Rich Baseball History

This past week, as the weather took a turn for the warmer, it reminded me that spring will be upon us in a few short months.  With the entrance of spring comes a re-emergence of a different kind, the start of the baseball season with spring training.  Louisville may not be a spring training site, but in the history of […]

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