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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In Search of George Forman

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 […]

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An Homage to Germantown

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 […]

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History Mystery

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!  

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‘Her’Story: Women in The Filson’s Special Collections: Louise Marshall and The Cabbage Patch

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 […]

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Memorial Address delivered by Hon. Samuel McKee

With Memorial Day approaching, a quick “memorial day” search of the online catalog turned up quite a few interesting results. The Filson Historical Society Library has an extensive collection of pamphlets in which various Civil War related speeches and addresses are printed. One in particular is a Rare Pamphlet of a transcription of a Memorial Day address delivered at the […]

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Levy Brothers Building Honored with Historical Marker

                   On Sunday, May 20, at 2 pm, the historic Levy Brothers building on the northeast corner of Third and Market will be honored with a Kentucky state historical marker. One of the great surviving structures in downtown Louisville, the Charles J. Clarke and Arthur Loomis designed building was home to Levy’s […]

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Trails in The Filson’s Archives

On October 6, in celebration of my 27th birthday I will be running a 50k (31 mile) trail race in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.  A few weeks ago, after I learned that it was not advisable for me to run the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, I started looking for a new race in a new place. A few of […]

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