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!
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
Two of the last ships to be captured at sea before American slaves were freed in 1863 were the slave ship William with about 550 slaves on board and the slave ship Wildfire with 507 slaves on board. Both were captured in 1860 and put into port in Key West, Florida where a man by the name of Fernando J. […]
I was approached by a friend last weekend who wanted to know what I knew about George Forman of the firm Brown-Forman. I had to admit that I knew very little. I know that he was working for Brown-Thompson when James Thompson left the firm to form his own liquor company, James Thompson and Bro. in 1890. George Forman bought […]
As a recent transplant to this fair city from multiple places around the globe, I was fascinated by the history and culture that Louisville had to offer. Although I began my Louisville experience living in the East End, I recently relocated to a quiet little street in Germantown. The area intrigued me from the first time I mistakenly drove through […]
Calling all brainiacs and history nerds! Can you identify this mystery item? The first correct answer wins a prize from The Filson book store! Please submit your guess in the comment field below. Good luck!
The Summer 2011 Filson Friday talks by staff members of The Filson included a two-part series entitled ‘Her’Story: Encountering Women in the Filson’s Special Collections. The blog will occasionally be featuring some of the women and women’s organizations discussed during these sessions. The Cabbage Patch neighborhood in Louisville received its name from its combined rural-industrial nature; it was farmland until […]