The staff of The Filson Historical Society wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving! We will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of the holiday.
Every year since 1938, the United States of America has celebrated Veteran’s Day (formerly known as Armistice Day). We would like to thank our veterans for their service to our country.
Although the capital of a crucial border state, Frankfort, like many communities suffered from divided loyalties during the Civil War. The home of the venerable John J. Crittenden, Henry Clay’s chief lieutenant during the glory days of the Whig Party, the capital, while a small town in terms of population, was also the home of other prominent Kentuckians who were […]
Long-time volunteer, Ernie Ellison, worked in the Special Collections of The Filson Historical Society many years ago. After his death, the family offered The Filson the opportunity to purchase items from his personal collection. It was an offer that curator Jim Holmberg was quick to accept. “Ernie had a large assortment of books, photographs, maps, and documents that spanned many […]
You have heard about The Filson Campus Expansion Project. You may have even attended our Groundbreaking Ceremony in May. Now, we are pleased to offer you a new and unique way to get involved in our Project. Our architect firm, De Leon and Primmer, has created a magnificent design for our new building, The Owsley Brown II History Center, including […]
Just in time for the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, which will feature 6 riverboats on Louisville’s waterfront and events around town next week, all in honor of the 100th anniversary of the launching of the Belle of Louisville, the Filson is proud to present a week of events and an exhibit of steamboats, riverboats, and Ohio River-related materials from our collections. The exhibit, […]
This summer, I gave my Filson Friday lecture on Louisville’s World War I cantonment, Camp Zachary Taylor, as revealed through the Filson’s manuscript, photo, and printed material collections. [Members can listen to this lecture online.] The Filson’s photo collections of the CZT area and operations were one of the main draws in my choice of topic for this lecture. The […]
I’ll never forget my first sewing machine. It was pink, it had two speeds (fast and faster), and I loved it. I saw it on an end cap at Walmart one day and asked for it as a Christmas present. When I opened it up, it was love at first sight. I was 21, and the sewing bug had hit […]
If you haven’t already heard, we have been working hard here at The Filson to preserve several films from our collections. Our most recent project is films from the Shirley T. Hemp Collection. These films were shot on color and black and white 16mm film between 1926 and 1937. They show Louisville as it was then, and includes rare footage […]
August is a month that generally brings to mind going back to school, the return of fall, and new beginnings. In Kentucky, August also reminds us of one thing: the Kentucky State Fair. Beginning in 1902, the Kentucky State Fair has been a longstanding tradition for many residents of our state. From it’s first location at Churchill Downs to it’s current […]