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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Baby Love

In honor of two of the Filson’s beloved employees and their new bundles of joy, we give our love and offer these baby images culled from the Filson collection. Congratulations Jennie and Sasha!!!                                        

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Found in the stacks: “The Filson Club and It’s Activities 1884-1922”

Here at The Filson, the majority of my day-to-day responsibilities – on paper at least – revolve around increasing membership and growing the annual fund. But while searching through the stacks for a replacement issue of a past copy of Ohio Valley History, I stumbled upon a book that caught my attention. There sitting next to the back issues of […]

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Stories Told and Hidden

By Robin Wallace History is subjective, and that certainly includes family history.  The stories that are passed down from generation to generation are those that are deemed suitable (whether consciously or unconsciously) to become a part of the threads that weave the tapestry of a family’s narrative. My great-grandfather Ferdinand Zimmerer came to the United States via Ellis Island in […]

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