A flock of turkeys and Mrs. P: A social medium from the early 20th century

By Heather Fox While cataloging a recently acquired collection of photographs related to the Breckinridge family, I came across a grouping of intriguing “real photo postcards” (RPPCs) taken of a family of tenant farmers living at one of the Breckinridge’s farms in Monticello, Illinois.  The eleven postcards not only provide a glimpse of rural life at the beginning of the […]

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Attention Designers! Southern Exposition material at The Filson

I was very excited to read about the South Fourth Street Association’ s Fountain Court Design Competition on Broken Sidewalk.  Not only will this new design be a fabulous addition to the Old Louisville neighborhood, but the request for ties to the area’s past through an incorporation of the Louisville Southern Exposition satisfy the historical side of me as well. […]

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Kentucky State Fair, 2012

It’s week two of the Kentucky State Fair here in Louisville, Kentucky – be sure to stop by the educational exhibits, which The Filson contributes to on a yearly basis! This year, the Civil War +150 exhibit returns, along with a new exhibit, War Hawks & Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812.  2012 marks the start of the […]

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Dairy Delivery Returns to Louisville

A few weeks ago, The Courier-Journal published an article about Ehrler’s Micro Dairy and their dairy delivery service in parts of Louisville. Growing up in Virginia, there were at least two instances where my family bought our dairy products from the local butter and egg man, so I was very intrigued to hear that something like this was available in Louisville. […]

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The Filson on C-SPAN 3

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop during their “2012 LCV Cities Tour” in Louisville, Kentucky in June to feature the history and literary life of our community.   One of their Louisville locations was The Filson, featuring an interview with Curator of Special Collections Jim Holmberg, and a behind-the-scenes tour!  

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Happy Birthday Rock

  No, not Rock Hudson or wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. No, this Rock is “The Rock of Chickamauga,” Union Major General George H. Thomas, who was born on July 31, 1816. Thomas not only had Kentucky connections during the Civil War but before and after it. In the Mexican War he served under Zachary Taylor, fighting at […]

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The Kentuckiana Family Research Conference

The Filson Historical Society Library would like to let you know that our library reference specialist, Kara Hennis will be speaking at the Kentuckiana Family Research Conference on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. This conference will be held at The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1000 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, beginning at 8:45 […]

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Keeping Cool in Louisville’s Summer Heat

I presented a Filson Friday lecture on Melville Otter’s life in “Old Louisville” (1911-1916) a couple of weeks ago, and will be sharing some bits from it here on The Filson blog.  Even in the ninteen-teens, Louisville youth were looking for ways to keep cool in the hot days of summer.  Young Melville Otter and her friends turned to swimming! […]

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“Hooray for the glorious fourth!!!”

  When you’re cursing your neighbor’s raucous and endless fireworks display or bemoaning the danger of patriotic pyrotechnics, do remember that the tradition of Independence Day fireworks is not all that new. “Firecrackers!!!!  Sky rockets!!!!! Roman candles!!!!!! Hooray for the glorious fourth!!!” Filson archivist Jennie Cole just came across this innocent historical gem and teenage testament to celebrating our nation’s […]

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