Springtime and Camping: A February 3rd Daydream

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved groundhog, saw his shadow yesterday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter.  While not surprised to hear the news, I was a little saddened because I have been day-dreaming about camping season since early December.  We are lucky to live in Kentucky where we have some amazing state and national parks, many of which […]

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Food (or drink!) for thought: Announcing a NEW monthly post

Beginning next Friday, the Filson Blog will publish the first post in a twelve post series titled: “Recipes from the Archives” in which we’ll feature, yep, you guessed it, recipes (and images!) from The Filson Historical Society’s archives and library. So while the rest of y’all are working hard to maintain your new year’s resolution to lose weight or hit the […]

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Super Bowl 2015 and Football at the Filson

Is everyone excited for the Super Bowl this Sunday?  Or at least excited about watching the commercials?  I have to admit that a matchup between the Patriots and the Seahawks seems a little anticlimactic to me.  Even more enthusiastic fans than myself may be a little disappointed to see the Patriots (yet again) and the Seahawks (didn’t they just win […]

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I’ve always wanted to live on a farm. This may sound funny coming from someone who grew up in the city/suburbs, but yes, I’ve always wanted to live on a farm and I think I may be a country girl at heart. I enjoy yard work and being outside (as long as it’s warm). Realistically, I probably would not fare well […]

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New Civil War Books

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is wrapping up this year and with it comes new scholarship on a myriad of topics. The Filson has collected several new books for the collection suitable for background research, fact finding, and general enjoyable reading. I have selected five books for this post that to me represent the diversity of topics from both independent […]

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Holiday Cheer from The Filson

This is a screen shot of an entry in the Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog for the subject heading, "Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932."

Just like that jolly old elf with a sack of presents on his back, this holiday season The Filson is also delivering a few “gifts” to researchers and history enthusiasts.  Two projects in development over the past year are in their initial launch stages on our website. The Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog will make descriptions of The Filson’s vast manuscript collection […]

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Give the Gift of History

  There is still time to support The Filson this year! As the year draws to a close think about giving the gift of history to a loved one. Give a Gift to the Capital Campaign: The Filson is now accepting orders for a limited number of personalized, engraved wood panels, that will be permanent fixtures in the beautiful Event Hall in the […]

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Culinary Adventures in The Filson’s Collections

The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, my family congregated in the kitchen and prepared a special meal together: turkey, stuffing, a plethora of sides, and–my favorite–three flavors of homemade pie. Many families have holiday traditions surrounding the food that is prepared and shared. Recipes that we learned from our parents and grandparents have […]

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