Words of a Forgotten Poet: The Musings of Ben H. Hardin

The Filson Library recently acquired a small, rare book of poetry entitled A Progressive Age.  It was published in 1922 by Johnstown native Ben H. Hardin, who also went by the name of “Bennie” when he was young.  Hardin was born in Logan County on July 20, 1888, the oldest son of Henry Hardin & his wife Emma.  In addition […]

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The Games People Played

With the coldest days of winter (hopefully) behind us and Spring rapidly approaching, The Filson offers this glimpse into our collections showing how people entertained themselves in the nineteenth century, well before there was a television in every home and video games in most of them. Much as you might expect, a great deal of people’s (especially children’s) entertainment occurred […]

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Dreaming of Spring

– by Cassie Bratcher I am sure that I am not alone in dreaming of warmer weather.  So far we have had a bitterly cold, snowy winter.  I am sick of wearing multiple layers just to stay warm, and I can imagine people throughout the years have had similar feelings.  Enough is enough, time to move on . . . […]

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Snow: A love-hate relationship

Every winter, I argue with myself about snow. On one hand, it’s pretty and the world looks magical for just a little while. On the other hand, it’s hard to get anywhere. Now that I have a daughter, I appreciate snow in a whole new way, because I see the magic of it through her eyes. With the snow today […]

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An Early Louisville Grocer, Illuminated

By James Prichard At first glance, the old volume seems to be devoid of any historical value. Yet like all original documents available for research in the Filson’s Special Collections Department, the worn ledger book of local grocer John L. Johnston (c. 1821-1878) reflects the man and his times. A native of Ireland, Johnston initially formed a partnership with fellow […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Filson Historical Society would like to wish you a safe and Happy New Year! We will be closed Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st.  We will re-open on January 2nd, we hope to see you in 2014!

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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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