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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Filson Staff on the Move!

This series will highlight various events/exhibits that our staff members are involved with outside of their work at The Filson Historical Society. This month, there is a Women’s History Month installation in the lobby of the Federal building (600 Dr. Martin Luther King Place). Filson Archivists Robin Wallace, Jennie Cole, and Sarah-Jane Poindexter organized the display, which is in two […]

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Samuel Plato, Louisville Architect.

This morning’s Louisville Courier-Journal’s profile for Black History Month has provided another opportunity (York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a couple of weeks ago) to give additional information on a famous African American who called Louisville home for much of his life: Samuel Plato. The Filson is home to both papers and photographs that help document the life […]

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Looking for Information on Old Louisville Homes?

Recently, my husband and I have decided to purchase our first home. Being first-timers, there were a lot of things to consider besides price: which neighborhood(s)? How far do we want to drive? Do we want to live in the city or the suburbs? Finding information beyond what our realtor could provide us with was difficult and most likely included […]

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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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