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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Happy Veterans Day!

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.

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Embattled Capital: Reflections of a Kentucky Community at War

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 […]

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New Books from the Ernie Ellison Collection

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 […]

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Get Involved in our Campus Expansion Project: Purchase A Wall Panel!

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 […]

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