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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Architectural archives for the present and posterity

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter The Filson is pleased to announce that after years of preservation and cataloging efforts, the D. X. Murphy & Bro., Architects Records (1854 – 1949) are complete and open to researchers. This massive collection of historical architectural drawings and business records documents 95 years of Louisville’s rich architectural history, mainly through the business records and drawings generated […]

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Coming up at The Filson – “National Issues, Local Struggles: The Civil Rights Movement in the Ohio Valley and Beyond”

I am an avid reader. At any one time, I’m reading no less than three books: one at work, one in the living room, and one on my nightstand. On my nightstand right now is The Help. It’s a gripping story that digs into race relations in early 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi. I first read this book in 2010 at the […]

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Stone, Milly Stone, Licensed to Distill

In June of 1812 the United States declared war on Great Britain. The war would be over by 1815, but the bills would not be paid for several more years to come. In order to pay for the war, the United States government decided to renew the tax on distilled spirits. The “whiskey tax” had been repealed by President Jefferson […]

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Esteemed Canine Researcher Visits Filson

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Even though Spring has just begun, it almost feels like the dog days of summer in the Louisville area.  Maybe the weather is bringing canine researchers to the Filson in packs, or perhaps it’s our extensive resources on the canine history of the Ohio River Valley. This Sunday, April 1, the Filson had the pleasure of assisting […]

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The Cyclone of March 26, 27, AND 28th, 1890

The tornados which roared through the Ohio Valley (including West Liberty, Kentucky and Henryville, Indiana) between March 2nd and 3rd of this year were particularly devastating. While residents of the Ohio Valley region are certainly no strangers to unseasonable if not downright crazy weather, photos and videos portraying the aftermath of these storms are simply heartbreaking and seem to provoke […]

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‘Her’Story: Women in The Filson’s Special Collections: Peg Allison and The Second World War

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of our female forebears, The Filson is highlighting segments from the popular two-part series, originally presented in summer 2011 by Filson staff, entitled ‘Her’Story: Encountering Women in the Filson’s Special Collections. Stay tuned for future posts on women’s history and The Filson’s manuscript collections. A series of correspondence written almost weekly between 1939 […]

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Shamrocks and Shillelaghs! A Bit of History on the Louisville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With March well underway, one of my favorite holidays comes to mind–St. Patrick’s Day. As far as I know I’m not Irish, but I’m fairly sure that is of no consequence with regard to the celebration of the rich traditions of the Irish community in Louisville, KY. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day guarantees fun to be had by all, […]

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