The Special Collections Staff Shows the Love for Valentines Day

The staff of the Special Collections department reveals some of their sentimental favorites from The Filson’s collection in honor of Valentine’s Day.   ~Ellen Bodley and $50 of Love~ While searching for Valentine’s Day related material in the Filson’s Special Collections, this particular item caught my fancy due to its humorous and somewhat sarcastic tone. In a letter to her […]

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York, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

  Yesterday’s Black History Month blurb in the Louisville Courier-Journal very appropriately featured York of the famous 1803 to 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Largely forgotten by history until recent years, York made a significant contribution to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the last dozen years, books, poetry, paintings, documentary films, sculpture, […]

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Veterans Organizations in the United States

When perusing lists of veterans’ organizations around the world, it’s interesting to note that most countries are limited to one or two societies.  The United States on the other hand has more than eighty.  Why such a plethora?  Perhaps it is because we are such a diverse country, represented by so many nationalities and interest groups.  The war in Vietnam, […]

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“I Quilt for a Contented Heart” – Quilting in The Filson’s Collections

“I quilt for a contented heart.”* No truer words have been spoken. Whether I’m feeling angry, nervous, or excited, I can go to my sewing space and feel at peace. I am by no means a professional quilter; I just love to create handmade things for friends and family, and quilts are practical as well as beautiful. The art of […]

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Kentucky in the Great War

By Robin Wallace The television series “Downton Abbey” and the film “War Horse” are vividly bringing the horrors and heroics of World War I to life this year.  Louisville was, of course, very actively involved in the Great War with the construction of the army training facility Camp Zachary Taylor in 1917, and over 10,000 local soldiers serving in the […]

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Louisville’s Rich Baseball History

This past week, as the weather took a turn for the warmer, it reminded me that spring will be upon us in a few short months.  With the entrance of spring comes a re-emergence of a different kind, the start of the baseball season with spring training.  Louisville may not be a spring training site, but in the history of […]

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Theatre Memorabilia Recently Cataloged in the Filson Archives

Have you ever wondered what movies were popular with your grandparents or great-grandparents?  The Filson recently acquired two film distribution cards from RKO pictures that showcase what movies were being shown at two local theatres from 1928-1930. The Empire and the East Broadway Theatres were two of numerous theatres that were dotted across the city in the early 20th century.  […]

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Jonathan Clark – A Witness to History

Jonathan Clark, of the famous Clark family, passed away on November 25, 1811 – 200 years ago this month. Born in August 1750 in Albemarle County, Virginia, Clark was the oldest of the ten children of John and Ann Rogers Clark. Two of his younger brothers – George Rogers and William – achieved great fame; George for his exploits in Kentucky […]

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