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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What do all of these images have in common?

By Sarah Strapp What do all of these images have in common? Other than being in The Filson’s collection, all of these images are prints. They are an engraving, an etching, a mezzotint, or a lithograph. These terms tell us how these images were made. Each is a different way to make a printed image on a page and all […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

By Jamie Evans It’s that time of year, where we begin dreaming of vacations, beach days, and lazy summer afternoons. The kids are out of school, time slows down just a bit, and we all relax. Yes, it is definitely summertime. The Filson is back again this year with our popular Filson Fridays lecture series. We had two great lectures […]

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Bourbon Women

Written by Mike Veach On June 20 The Filson Historical Society hosted an event for the members of Bourbon Women.  The evening had about 100 women drinking Wild Turkey at the reception before moving upstairs to hear a panel discuss women in the bourbon industry. The fact that so many women came to an event to drink and learn about […]

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The Bauer Potteries of Louisville, Paducah, and Los Angeles.

Written by Cassie Bratcher I was cataloging a new book the other day, Clear as Mud: Early 20th century Kentucky Art Pottery, edited by Warren Payne.  Curious about the contents I checked the index for the name Bauer.  In 1992, Kentucky’s bicentennial year, The Filson was involved in a statewide newspaper project titled “Kentucky History Highlights from the Filson Club.”  I […]

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Hunting Down History at The Filson

Are you looking for something different to do on these hot summer afternoons? Are you interested in learning the history of Louisville while exploring your community? If so, Hunting Down History is the event for you. This photo scavenger hunt takes participants all over Louisville in a race against time to discover answers to as many clues as you can. […]

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