Louisville’s Women’s City Club Helped Establish Food Safety Standards in 1920s

When I first started the “Recipes from the Archives” blog series, I really had just one goal in mind: use the monthly post as a vehicle to better understand our collections. It wasn’t long into the process that I realized (but wasn’t surprised) that the series would be a bit more random than I had first intended. That is, all […]

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Dreaming of Snow, in Black and White

Sledders at Iroquois Park

The weather forecast for the rest of the year is in, and any hopes for a white Christmas in Kentuckiana have been conclusively dashed. It looks like rain and unseasonably warm temperatures nearly through the new year. But like the stereotypical elderly relative who regales the children with stories of the old days, when one had to walk miles through […]

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For Veterans Day, Candid Views of World War I

Ruins in a French Town [007PC28.123]

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to offer a glimpse of one of The Filson’s many collections that feature documentation of service by Ohio Valley men and women of all walks of life in conflicts stretching from the founding of our nation into the 20th century. As we are approaching the centennial of American military participation in World […]

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Halloween-spiration through the decades

Needing some last minute Halloween-spiration for a costume?  Here are a few costume ideas through the decades from our Photograph Collections: Cowboy 2. Indian 3. Dutch boy or girl   4. Clown 5. Hillbilly   6. Hula Girl  7. George Rogers Clark Whatever you decide to dress up as, I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!!

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Autumn, as depicted by Patty Thum

Welcome to autumn!  This beautiful scene by Louisville artist Patty Thum inspires fall feelings in me.  My former colleague Robin Wallace shared the following information on Thum at one of our “Women in the Filson’s Special Collections” lectures: Louisville’s Patty Prather Thum was first tutored in drawing by her mother.  As many female artists did, she learned at home. Thum […]

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Give Local Louisville – October 1, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, you will have the opportunity to make your support of The Filson Historical Society go even further! The Filson Historical Society is a proud participant of Give Local Louisville 2015. Give Local Louisville is a 24-hour, online “give day” to support local nonprofits doing great work in our city. For one day, every dollar given […]

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Three New Image Galleries Featuring Louisville Cartoons and Cartoonists

Sketch of Fontaine Fox [Mss. A F791 / 1]

If you have never checked out our curated image Galleries here on The Filson’s website, or it has been some time since you have done so, now is a great time to take a peek. Our recently added galleries include the work of three wonderful Louisville artists and cartoonists – Wyncie King, Wallace Mathis, and Fontaine Fox. King drew caricatures of many […]

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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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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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Summoning Spring: Transporting Ourselves to Warmer Weather through the Records of Anne Bruce Haldeman

[Transcription of the above] Notes: The garden has been designed to create a picture as well as to provide a place for cutting. The outer borders form a frame work of perennials, whereas the inner beds (after the tulip display) are intended for annuals, so planned as to give color and flowers for cutting throughout the season. Fill in spaces in […]

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