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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We came, we saw, we did not conquer

Back in June, I wrote about my quest to finish a 50k for my 27th birthday. Sadly, I did not achieve my goal due to injury, and I’m looking forward to taking another stab at the distance later this year or early next year. However, I fell in love with Southeastern Tennessee and Chattanooga. If you are looking for a […]

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Chew on This…a Bit More

I’m composing this quick post as a follow up to one of my early posts here on The Filson blog, dated 11 May 2011 – “Chew on This.”  In that post, I described some historic “prizes” contained within chewing gum packages, including illustrations of Confederate generals, which could be pasted into a collector’s book. Little did I know, we hold […]

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After the Fall

The Filson has several collections that have accounts of Kentuckians traveling in Europe.  Recently, we accessioned a scrapbook from Laura Woodson Callis Stewart and her trip to Europe in 1948. Laura and her husband David left the United States in March of 1948 to travel to Belgium for training as missionaries in Africa. While in training the couple traveled to […]

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We Remember: A Tribute to 9/11

For every generation, there is a moment that occurs in history in which we remember exactly what we were doing when we heard about it. Today, we remember the moment that occurred for the recent generation, the attacks of September 11, 2001. While these events may not have occurred near the city of Louisville, there are stories of people associated […]

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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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