Who Do You Think You Are – Find Out at the Filson!

Written by Laura Wheaton. The genealogy research phenomenon has taken on a new life with the production and broadcast of TLC’s season five of their famous show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” The first episode featured actor Cynthia Nixon, who discovered her ancestor was an axe murderer! To find out if you have an axe murderer, (or governor, homemaker, […]

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Free Screening of Rare Filson Films At August 1st Market St. Trolley Hop!

Free Screening August 1st

If you missed The Filson Historical Society’s packed June 13th screening of this rare, amateur film footage of Louisville, Indianapolis, and the region, here’s your chance to see it at Dreamland! In 2013 The Filson, with support from the community through a Power2Give.org fundraising campaign, preserved three historic films from the Judge Arthur E. Hopkins Collection. Judge Hopkins (1881-1944) was […]

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The Filson is Featured in Latest University of Louisville Magazine

The Filson Historical Society was prominently noted in the Summer edition of the U of L Magazine featuring the university’s admittance into the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The article is featured in the top half of the image below, including a photo of Dr. A. Glenn Crothers, Director of Research and Jim Holmberg, Special Collections Curator. We encourage you to open and […]

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The Campus Expansion Project: Construction Has Begun

The Filson Historical Society’s Campus Expansion Project is well underway. Our contractors, Wehr Realm, wasted no time after the official groundbreaking ceremony on May 8th. They prepped the site, poured test pilings, excavated the new building’s footprint, and have begun to pour the foundation! To prep the site, the contractors had to make some changes to the parking lot on […]

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Sewing in The Filson’s Collections: The McCurdy Manufacturing Company

After my last post on political quilts, Heather told me that she stumbled across a collection of sewing machine ads, photos, and memorabilia. Naturally, I had to take a look, and what I found was fascinating. The McCurdy Manufacturing Co. made and sold sewing machine parts, sewing machines, bicycles, and sporting goods. The Filson’s collection spans from the 1880s to […]

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A look back in time: Independence Day Celebrations

With Independence Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to take a look back in time to see how others celebrated the 4th of July.  Here are several images from our Photograph Collections.           As a reminder we will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th.  We hope you have […]

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Filson’s Moon Pies & Moonshine Membership Event – Friday June 13th Oxmoor Farm

Sarah Strapp, Filson’s Membership Coordinator, appeared on WHAS TV this week to promote tomorrow’s Moon Pies & Moonshine membership event at Oxmoor Farm, 6-9pm. Rain or shine, the event is a family affair with a fried chicken dinner, iced tea, lemonade, dessert and more! Live Music by Whistlin’ Rufus, and Limestone Distillery with samples of 8 flavored moonshines. Mike Veach […]

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Heart on Sleeve, Soul in Pocket: Objets trouvés dans les poches du General de Charette, 11 Octobre 1911.

What might a French Baron who was also a General, a veteran of the Papal Zouaves, and a decorated hero of the Franco-Prussian War keep in his pockets? While you may never have thought to ask this question, we can nonetheless answer it, using the Filson’s Charette de la Contrie – Susanne de Charette Van Stockum Collection. Baron General Athanase-Charles-Marie […]

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An Englishwoman visits Mammoth Cave: The Travel Narrative of Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley

In preparation for my upcoming Filson Friday presentation, I have been reading some travel narratives written by early visitors to Kentucky. The predominance of early travel accounts are written by men, so I was delighted to come across a woman’s account of her travels in antebellum Kentucky. Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley was an English writer and poet.  She was a […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The Political and Campaign Quilt

In the past, I have written about quilting as a means of expression for women, but I never thought that it would lead to politics. I suppose it’s because I’ve grown up in an era where women have the right to vote and where people proclaim their political leanings quite publically (I’m looking at you, Facebook). I’ve got elections on […]

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