The history of the United States is reflected in the history of the distilling industry. One of the first constitutional crises for the new government was the “Whiskey Rebellion” in 1791-1792. As the new nation struggled to pay the debts from its war of independence the government turned to an excise tax on distilled spirits to raise the money to […]
I have recently been reading about health care in Louisville at the turn of the twentieth century, especially as it concerned the city’s African American population. In honor of Black History Month, I will share some of what I have learned. In the decades following the Civil War, African Americans explored new avenues of opportunity and advancement, including the field […]
Growing up the daughter of two American history enthusiasts made it almost impossible not to absorb and enjoy American history. Most children went to theme parks on their summer vacations. I went on extended camping trips across the country. In the summer of 2004, our annual family camping trip was designed to celebrate the bicentennial of the Voyage of Discovery. […]
As an advertising/graphic design person, I have always been interested in graphics, ads, books, magazines, stationary, etc. I designed my own wedding invitations, and for each of our moves I sent out customized moving announcements. If you’ve sent me a card, chances are I still have it. One of my favorite classes in college was my History of Communication course. I loved […]
We have a lot of fantastic information resources in this town. Never was this more apparent to me than during a recent research endeavor done for personal purposes. I had been lucky enough to be invited over to a friend’s home in Old Louisville for a dinner party. During the course of the evening, the inevitable “when was this house […]
By Heather Fox This is my last week as Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson, and as a farewell I’d like to post a few of my favorite images from our collection. It’s been a great pleasure working with the collections and the wonderful staff. Enjoy.
I was recently discussing the addition of new buildings to the architectural landscape of the University of Louisville with another former student. The conversation eventually turned to the history of the site prior to its use by the University. There is nothing like working in a library when it comes to satisfying your curiosity regarding local history. With a little […]
The Filson Historical Society is mourning the loss of one of our longtime supporters and close friend, Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, who died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Blaine was a member of The Filson’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004, prior to becoming The University of Louisville’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During his tenure […]
Happy New Year, from all of us at The Filson!
By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Five years ago I came to the Filson…a shy, green archivist with a mild understanding of local history and the daily challenges of the archival profession. Today I depart, an experienced and confident associate curator prepared and excited to meet the challenges ahead. I feel deeply grateful to the mentorship, friendship, and positive professional experience I have […]