Success Stories: Student Researchers at The Filson

Filson researchers in the making! [Filson Photograph Collection – SCH-76 GR Clark School, n.d.] Recently at The Filson we’ve undergone a tremendous amount of change, from moving not just our reading room from floor to floor (to floor, to floor…) but also rearranging our entire campus what with reception in another building entirely, as well as combining reference services (the […]

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Filson Finds: Three Letters

Hidden Historical Treasures at The Filson By Brian Craig Miller The Filson Historical Society has had a profound impact on my career as a researcher and writer for more than a decade.  When I was in graduate school at the University of Mississippi, I made the nearly six hour drive from Oxford to Louisville and spent several blissful days astonished […]

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Fanny Henning Speed

A portrait framed in dark wood and gilded gold adorns the Ferguson Mansion’s grand entry hall.  It depicts a bearded man, his arm encircling a dark-eyed woman.  By all accounts, Joshua and Fanny Speed were deeply in love (despite some initial doubts on Joshua’s part, overcome with the help of his friend Abraham Lincoln!).  In this portrait by George Peter […]

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Filson Finds: the Johnston Family Papers

On the Personal Effects of an Old Soldier By Dr. Barton A. Myers At the bottom of a large stack of acid-free folders, the very last folder in the Johnston Family Papers that I expected to examine at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky that afternoon, was a file labeled simply “Correspondence, 10 May 1862, Ed Munford to Jefferson […]

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Filson Finds: the Bodley Family Papers

We are pleased to present a new section of the John Filson Blog: Filson Finds. Every researcher has had that great moment when they come across the document they have been searching for, seemingly forever!  Or that moment when they suddenly realize that the thing they have been looking for has been right in front of them all along! We […]

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“The Meal’s Not Complete Without Something Sweet”: Autumnal Dessert Recipes from The Filson

By Heather Potter. Fall is my favorite time of year: the leaves are beginning to fall around the Ferguson Mansion, Old Louisville is a sight to see, and best of all the weather has cooled down a smidge so I can begin to bake again. I kicked off my fall baking last night with two loaves of my mom’s banana […]

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Celebrating Archives Month with a New Building

It is fitting that The Filson’s $12 million Campus Expansion Project will reach its completion during the month of October, which coincides with #ArchivesMonth!  It’s an exciting (and stressful!) time at The Filson.  The construction crews are installing the finishing touches on the new Owsley Brown II History Center, while the staff plan exhibits and programs for our Grand Opening […]

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A Passion for Plants: The Working Library of Anne Bruce Haldeman

Anne Bruce Haldeman once described her entry into the profession of landscape architecture as “accidental”, but there is nothing coincidental about her legacy.  Considered one of Kentucky’s pre-eminent landscape architects of the 20th century, Haldeman is best remembered for her role in creating historically-informed gardens at important Kentucky sites.  These projects include My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown […]

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Jefferson County’s Official Song

By Pauline Ottaviano. Exploring the Filson’s collection of sheet music and selecting pieces written by women composers led me to some interesting discoveries.  There were many songs about Kentucky in general, even one claiming to be the Commonwealth’s official song, as it was published before My Old Kentucky Home was adopted.  The most unique, however, is a small, photocopied song I […]

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