The Bauer Potteries of Louisville, Paducah, and Los Angeles.

Written by Cassie Bratcher I was cataloging a new book the other day, Clear as Mud: Early 20th century Kentucky Art Pottery, edited by Warren Payne.  Curious about the contents I checked the index for the name Bauer.  In 1992, Kentucky’s bicentennial year, The Filson was involved in a statewide newspaper project titled “Kentucky History Highlights from the Filson Club.”  I […]

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Remembering Dr. J. Blaine Hudson

The Filson Historical Society is mourning the loss of one of our longtime supporters and close friend, Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, who died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Blaine was a member of The Filson’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004, prior to becoming The University of Louisville’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During his tenure […]

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We came, we saw, we did not conquer

Back in June, I wrote about my quest to finish a 50k for my 27th birthday. Sadly, I did not achieve my goal due to injury, and I’m looking forward to taking another stab at the distance later this year or early next year. However, I fell in love with Southeastern Tennessee and Chattanooga. If you are looking for a […]

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After the Fall

The Filson has several collections that have accounts of Kentuckians traveling in Europe.  Recently, we accessioned a scrapbook from Laura Woodson Callis Stewart and her trip to Europe in 1948. Laura and her husband David left the United States in March of 1948 to travel to Belgium for training as missionaries in Africa. While in training the couple traveled to […]

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In Search of George Forman

I was approached by a friend last weekend who wanted to know what I knew about George Forman of the firm Brown-Forman. I had to admit that I knew very little. I know that he was working for Brown-Thompson when James Thompson left the firm to form his own liquor company, James Thompson and Bro. in 1890. George Forman bought […]

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Levy Brothers Building Honored with Historical Marker

                   On Sunday, May 20, at 2 pm, the historic Levy Brothers building on the northeast corner of Third and Market will be honored with a Kentucky state historical marker. One of the great surviving structures in downtown Louisville, the Charles J. Clarke and Arthur Loomis designed building was home to Levy’s […]

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Baby Love

In honor of two of the Filson’s beloved employees and their new bundles of joy, we give our love and offer these baby images culled from the Filson collection. Congratulations Jennie and Sasha!!!                                        

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Stories Told and Hidden

By Robin Wallace History is subjective, and that certainly includes family history.  The stories that are passed down from generation to generation are those that are deemed suitable (whether consciously or unconsciously) to become a part of the threads that weave the tapestry of a family’s narrative. My great-grandfather Ferdinand Zimmerer came to the United States via Ellis Island in […]

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The King of the Bootleggers and Kentucky

In 1927 Courier-Journal prohibition reporter Mary Chenoweth exposed two corrupt officials in northern Kentucky.  This clash between the Courier-Journal and the local government is documented in the Robert Worth Bingham Additional Papers through correspondence and legal depositions on bootlegging in northern Kentucky. In a nine page letter dated 18 April 1927, Bingham summarized the history of corruption in the area […]

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