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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Louisville Scenes in ‘Reel’ Trouble

Being a new staff member here at The Filson, I am still acquainting myself with our Photograph and Print Collections, and exploring all the neat materials we have.  Recently, I stumbled across several old, small trunks, tucked away on a bottom shelf among the photograph collections.  Intrigued, I opened them up and discovered thirty-eight 16mm reel-to-reel films.  Overcome with excitement, […]

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The legend of Madoc ab Owain Gwynedd: Welsh Indians at the Falls of the Ohio

One of the more popular legends of colonial America was that of Prince Madoc of Wales. Madoc sailed west from Wales in 1170, perhaps becoming one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas. The story goes that the death Madoc’s father, Prince Owen Gwynedd of Wales, triggered internecine strife among his successors. Desiring no part in the conflict, Madoc […]

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Podcast – Keynote Lecture by Dr. Altina Waller, The Filson Historical Society’s Spring 2013 Conference “The Roots of Feuding”

The Filson Institute Public Conference for Spring, 2013 was presented last week May 16-17.  As the title suggests, “The Roots of Feuding: How Economics, Culture, Political Power and Media Created an Atmosphere of Feuding in Appalachia” explored the roots of feud violence, the origins of questionable stereotypes associated with the region, and considers how outside sources contributed to the atmosphere of […]

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Upcoming Filson Programming

Are you looking for things to do during the summer? Come down to The Filson Historical Society and join us for our tours and programs. For those of you interested in tours, we have docents from the Speed Art Museum at The Filson. Your guide will lead you through the Ferguson Mansion while giving you the history and story behind […]

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Clara Gibson Through the Eyes of Others

Archival collections are funny things, sometimes.  Some people collect papers about themselves, such as diaries, business records, and news clippings about their accomplishments. Others collect documents about the people and events around them, documenting their own lives largely indirectly, through the words and actions of others. One of the latter types of collections is that of Clara Gibson, a Louisville, […]

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The Kentucky Derby: “Run for the Roses”

  As many of you may know this Saturday, May 4, 2013 marks the 139th “Run for the Roses” also known as the Kentucky Derby! Having only lived in the Commonwealth for 1 ½ years, I have become extremely fascinated by Kentucky cultural traditions and have spent many of my weekends exploring the states rich cultural history. The Kentucky Derby […]

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Website Update helps researchers plan visit to Filson Library

Planning your research trip to the Filson has never been easier. The Filson library recently added some new content to the website that will help you plan your visit. Are you just beginning your research? Take a look through our Vertical File guides to find out if we have any files relevant to your research topic. Our family files contain […]

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