Remembering Dr. J. Blaine Hudson

The Filson Historical Society is mourning the loss of one of our longtime supporters and close friend, Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, who died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Blaine was a member of The Filson’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004, prior to becoming The University of Louisville’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During his tenure […]

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A Filson Farewell…..

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Five years ago I came to the Filson…a shy, green archivist with a mild understanding of local history and the daily challenges of the archival profession.  Today I depart, an experienced and confident associate curator prepared and excited to meet the challenges ahead.  I feel deeply grateful to the mentorship, friendship, and positive professional experience I have […]

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Magic lantern slides reveal Louisville history

By Kathy Jones, Filson Volunteer The Filson recently received seventy glass lantern slides rescued by a realtor from the attic of a Louisville house. She knew only that they came from the All-Prayer Foundlings Home. The Filson’s library collection includes a pamphlet on the All-Prayer FoundlingsHome, The Golden Key, written by G. C. Cromer, the founder of the home, on […]

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Who was George Welby?

The Filson’s Special Collections has a sample book from the 1850s lithograph firm of Henry Miller and Co. which includes many colorful sample labels for items such as tobacco, perfumes and spirits. One of the labels is for Bourbon Whiskey from Geo. Welby. The question to answer is who was this George Welby who is purchasing bourbon labels? In the […]

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Holiday Inspiration in The Filson’s Collections

Has the holiday season snuck up on everyone this year, or is it just me? My tree is up, but only adorned by three (three!) ornaments. Last week, I hung up two wreaths outside, and I managed to put up a small table centerpiece, but really, I’ve been caught off guard. This year has flown by and I’m feeling a […]

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Lincoln in Kentucky

“First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet” A. H. Ritchie, Engraver Ca. 1866, Mezzotint This print is based on the 1864 F. B. Carpenter painting of Lincoln reading his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet in the White House on July 22, 1862. Everyone in Kentucky is looking forward to Lincoln, the Stephen Spielberg moving starring […]

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Election day, November 8, 1921

By Heather Fox Thanks to former Filson president Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston, we are able to provide you view of Louisville on election day, 91 years ago.  An engineer and historian, Mr. Thruston was also an avid photographer with an incredible attention to detail.  Every photograph in the collection he left to the Filson is labeled with the level of […]

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Filson Fright Night: A wildly successful event!

You may have noticed a little silence on the blog last week. The staff of The Filson were getting ready for two big events: our first Filson Fright Night for the Young Filsonians, and the Fall Conference, The Long Struggle for the Ohio Valley, 1752-1815. Thanks for bearing with us, and we’re back to our regularly scheduled posts! The first […]

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A new collection of records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad available for research

It wasn’t called “The Old Reliable” without good cause. Additional records of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L&N) from 1850 to 1900 have surfaced and are now available for viewing at the Filson. The railroad has impressed with its resilience, surviving the Civil War and the Great Depression along with social and technological changes throughout its 132 years. It […]

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