Cards at Christmas: 150+ years of tradition

I’m not always the best at sending Christmas cards, but I managed to mail a few to friends and family this year.  My parents have always sent out a Christmas letter to their friends—a tradition that I would like to some day adopt.  We also often receive family photographs from others during the holiday season, especially from families with young […]

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How-To Guide: Researching Home History at The Filson

By Jordan Sangmeister Frequently I hear members of our community curious about the history of their old home.  The Filson is a fantastic resource for doing such research.  With so many historic homes and buildings in Louisville I embarked on a crash course to writing a how-to guide for all home history hunters. My first step was choosing what property […]

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A Long Way from Home: My Italian Adventure & Travel Narratives in the Filson’s Collections

I recently visited Italy for the first time.  My husband and I spent two weeks sightseeing in Italy’s great cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, as well as the small town of Ravenna.  During our time in Italy, we saw some of the greatest art and architecture of the Western world.  We were amazed by the Colosseum and the Pantheon […]

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Gift Membership Special!

In honor of the Holiday season, The Filson Historical Society is offering a 10% discount on gift memberships. Filson Membership makes the perfect gift for the history buff on your list or for the person who has everything else! A Filson membership lasts for a whole year and gives the recipient online access to our publications and resources, a yearlong […]

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Then and Now: Fourth Street and Walnut/Muhammad Ali Blvd.

By Jennie Cole While meandering through Louisville, I often find myself musing on the history of its buildings and intersections, given my near-daily interactions with Louisville’s photographic past here at The Filson.  Likewise, when I see images of former Louisville street scenes hanging as decor in restaurants, businesses, etc., I always pause and attempt to pick out the location – […]

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From Kindergarten to Columbia Teachers College: Patty Smith Hill Departs for New York

Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946) is likely best known for, along with her sister Mildred Jane Hill, writing the song “Good Morning to All,” featuring the tune that eventually became “Happy Birthday To You,” which we have all sung or been sung, with greater or lesser happiness depending on what age we happen to be turning. But Hill was most prominently […]

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The Secret Art of Fore-edge Painting

I have been on a quest recently to locate hidden artwork in the Filson’s rare book collection.  It all started when I read an article on io9 about fore-edge paintings.  Fore-edge paintings are beautiful works of art created on the edges of book pages; often they are only visible when the pages are fanned in a particular way.  One of […]

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“Greetings” from The Filson

The greeting card industry may be older than you think. The custom of sending a colorful, thoughtful, short message on paper is as old as printing itself. Europeans began exchanging paper greetings in the 1400s, and long before that, the ancient Chinese sent each other New Year’s greetings on small pieces of paper. The man credited with bringing the greeting […]

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Upcoming Events at The Filson Historical Society

Are you looking for things to do now that summer has come and gone? Look no further than The Filson Historical Society for programs to keep you entertained. We have a busy month of programs coming up during the month of October. These programs cover a wide range of topics from Bourbon to ghost stories. More information for these programs […]

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