A Quilter’s Tour of Kentucky: The Filson Historical Society

I’ve always wanted to go on a quilter’s tour. I briefly though about going on a tour of England that was offered through a local fabric shop, but when I saw the price, I quit thinking about it. With price being a limiting factor, I started to think about other possibilities. Then it hit me: why not do my own quilter’s […]

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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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Behind the Scenes of Segregation in Louisville

Protest at 4th & Chestnut Sts., Louisville, KY, 1961 [BLH_028]

WHAS’s Doug Proffitt recently reported a great two-part story on Louisville’s Walnut Street (now Muhammad Ali Boulevard) corridor, its many historical buildings now plowed under, and the vibrant, primarily Black business and social community that once thrived there. With archival photographs and first-person interviews, Proffitt rightly celebrated and mourned a lost part of Louisville’s history and culture. But while the […]

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Valentine’s Day Greetings, the Victorian Way

Valentine’s Day (or National Single’s Awareness Day, if you are so inclined) is coming. Starting on December 26, you can’t ignore it. As soon as the Christmas decorations come down, the pink and red go up, the cards and candy come out, and the blatant consumerism rages on. I admit I’m a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to […]

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The Art of the [Mint] Cordial

February’s “Recipe from the Archives” inspiration is equal parts: Bourbon cream, a Christmas gift from my future sister-in-law, a desire to host 1950s-styled dinner parties and an obsession with aesthetic. Generally speaking, what I am talking about are dinner customs. Speaking specifically? I’m talking today about dinner cordials. This past fall my fiancé’s parents turned us on to Buffalo Trace’s […]

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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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