Reflections on Gettysburg

My family and I recently returned from a visit to Pennsylvania. While there we took the opportunity to revisit the Gettysburg National Military Park (having last been there in 1996). Anyone who has ever been there knows what a moving experience it is. Touring the museum, viewing the restored Cyclorama, and of course driving and walking over the field (with […]

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An Architectural Comparison

I flew to Los Angeles recently, and during my visit I bore witness to many things: overpopulation, smog, urban sprawl, pollution, overpriced Hervé Villechaize-sized studio apartments and traffic… lots of traffic. So, one afternoon while I’m stuck in traffic, I decide I want to see something to take me away from this concrete jungle… Enter The Bradbury Building.  Perhaps best […]

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Images of paradise: Earth Day, 2010

The love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see. – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire The following […]

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The Library & Archives Community Responds to the Haitian Earthquake: Help Save Haitian Cultural Heritage!

First and foremost, the immediate concern in Haiti is to save people’s lives.  Eventually though, as Haitians begin to reconstruct their cities, they will need access to their cultural heritage and public history documented and preserved by their libraries and archives. What happens when records crucial to the identity of an individual (think like our American our social security, vital […]

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The Filson and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Last week, the New York Times reported that New York University’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans (now affiliated with Bronx Community College) had fallen into disrepair: When it was founded in 1900, it was the first Hall of Fame in the nation, local historians say, and the elections to induct members were covered by the national press. Some stalwart […]

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High School Essay Writing Contest! Win $1,000!

The Filson is conducting its first ever essay writing contest, exclusively for regional high school students. The contest is open to all high school students in public, private, alternative, parochial, and home-study programs located in the Louisville Metro area, including Southern Indiana. The topic for this contest is to demonstrate and explain the thought that the history of Kentucky and […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS for The Filson Institute Public Conference

“Secessions: From the American Revolution to Civil War” October 22-23, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky Conference Conveners: Manisha Sinha (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Departments of Afro-American Studies and History) Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University, Department of History) The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South proposes a two-day academic conference to examine calls for secession or […]

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Four Roses Bus Tour – October 31, 2009

The Filson Historical Society took a bus trip to the Four Roses Distillery on Saturday, October 31st. Yes, Halloween day.  A rainy Halloween morning, but as the day progressed the sky cleared some it turned to a typical brisk fall morning in Kentucky. The bus left the Filson just a few minutes after 9:00 for the hour drive to the […]

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Home Movie Day a Huge Success!

Home Movie Day was a huge success! On October 17th, The Filson Historical Society along with the Louisville Film Society hosted the area’s first observance of Home Movie Day.  This annual international event celebrates amateur film making and aims to educate the public about film preservation.  The event presented a unique, and mutually beneficial, opportunity to view and preserve our […]

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