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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Kentucky Archives Month: Folklore and Superstitions

    As we move into fall and the Halloween season, I wanted to let everyone know that October is also an important month here in the archives.  October is American Archives Month and we will be celebrating here in Kentucky! For a little background, Kentucky Archives Week began in 2002, following a national trend of states and localities celebrating […]

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“For the Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man” ~ Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Last week a researcher from Colonial Williamsburg came to The Filson to examine our collection of 19th century women’s clothing for a study on the history of millinery shops. Our special collections staff pulled several of those garments for her to examine. Not surprisingly, I and my co-workers excitedly shared pictures of the dresses, fashions, and textiles used by women […]

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Recollections of 9/11

I woke up this morning remembering the first September 11, as I do every year. Previously, it was a day just like any other day. I went to school that morning, riding the bus. I went to my 1st period English class. I don’t even remember what we were studying. I was trying to be invisible. I remember that I […]

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Elizabeth Hansbrough: Shelbyville Native in the Philippines

One of the fascinating parts of working with Ohio Valley History collections at the Filson is how extensively people from that part of the country traveled, and how they brought their experiences back to the area. One such individual was Elizabeth Kathleen Hansbrough (1892-1971), who travelled extensively in Asia as part of her career with the United States Army, and […]

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Back to School in Kentucky: Fun Facts for Students and Educators

After many years as a student, my younger sister is beginning her first year as a teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools.  I thought it would be fun to share some stories and images from the Filson’s collections about the early history of education in Kentucky.  The following stories will illustrate how Kentucky’s educational system has changed dramatically over the […]

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Sergeant Charles Floyd Day in Kentucky and Louisville

Written by Jim Holmberg “I am going away.  I want you to write me a letter.” So requested Sergeant Charles Floyd of his captain, William Clark, shortly before his death 209 years ago today.  The two men and the rest of the members of the Corps of Discovery were some 950 miles up the Missouri River on their way to […]

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Quilting as a means of expression – More quilting in The Filson’s Collections

When I last left off in my quilting adventures, I was working on my Swoon quilt. Sadly, that quilt remains unfinished, silently mocking me whenever I open my craft closet door. Much has happened in my life since I last worked on it. My husband and I bought our first house in March 2012, and in the process of getting […]

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Eloquence is Power: Tom Marshall of Kentucky

By James Prichard In today’s world of speechwriters, sound-bites and teleprompters, it seems traditional oratory is a dying art. Yet for most of the nation’s history, public speaking was widely regarded as a form of mass entertainment and a key to political prominence. “Eloquence,” as John Quincy Adams once wrote, “is power.” During the golden age of American oratory statesmen […]

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Historic newspapers are going digital

Are you trying to research an obscure person or subject? Have you tried searching in historic newspapers? Newspapers have been published in the United States since 1690, and have long served as a primary method of communication. In my own research, I have found that historic newspapers often provide information where other sources fail, or provide details that you cannot […]

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