Chew on This…

I loved chewing gum as a child. Big League Chew was a favorite, as well as Bubble Yum (watermelon – especially if it had the green outer ring and pink center). I patiently put up with Trident and Dentyne when they were the only sticks around (typically grandparent-provided). For a few years, my parents kept me supplied with boxes of […]

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Sustainable Architecture – A New Kind of Historic Legacy

In May, The Filson is holding a Public Conference centered on architecture and what we can learn from historic structures, including the topics of architectural conservation and building within the historic context of a local neighborhood. Having worked at architecture firms in the past, I know that sustainable architecture is a growing area of expertise for many firms. Sustainability itself […]

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The Civil War Begins

Today, April 12th, marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, America’s bloodiest and costliest war. The cannon that opened up on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor early that morning would not fall silent for four years.  When the war ended over 600,000 Americans had died and the South faced years of rebuilding and recovery. As we […]

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Louisville’s Lost Skyscraper

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Today’s ‘Then & Now’ features the Columbia Building, Louisville’s first skyscraper. Built in 1890, the Columbia Building was originally known as the Commercial Club Building, and for a decade was the tallest building in Louisville’s skyline.  The ten-story building was designed by the Louisville firm Curtin and Campbell as a Richardsonian Romanesque high-rise in the First Chicago […]

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Resources not found in the Online Catalog: Family Files, Historical Files, and Newspaper clippings

Often when patrons visit the Filson Library there are a few resources outside of the catalog that I like to introduce to them. For those doing genealogical research, family files can be an excellent resource. Family files are a collection of vertical files that contain information relating to a particular surname. The information in each file typically relates to research […]

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Finding the “Cave” in Cave Hill Cemetery

While perusing the records of Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery for a recent reference inquiry, I was suddenly struck by the cemetery’s name – Cave Hill, and wondered, “Is there actually a cave at Cave Hill?” Caves have always been a source of minor fascination for me – not an allure that led me into geology or serious study of them, […]

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Around the Corner…

It’s easy to become set into a routine, not anticipating change or surprises, and perhaps miss a glimpse of the fantastic that’s right around the corner. The graphic novels in the Vertigo Fables series play with this idea. In these stories, figures from fairy tales and myths have run away from their homelands because of a terrible adversary. Now these […]

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On the Trail of Lewis and Clark

The journey of the Corps of Discovery across the American West was an endeavor on many levels. One of the expedition’s goals was to identify, describe, and collect new specimens of flora and fauna – pressed, alive, stuffed, skins, skeletons, and in any other useful form. Thomas Jefferson wanted as big a discovery return as possible for the expedition and had given Meriwether Lewis an extensive list […]

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Browsing the Filson’s online catalog

People may not realize how interesting the online catalog of The Filson Historical Society can be.  Most people may use the catalog to look up subjects pertaining to whatever research they are conducting at the moment.  Usually that is the way I research, but just the other day I was poking around the online catalog with nothing much to do […]

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Bitten By the History Bug

I was going to do a Lewis and Clark related blog but I changed my mind.  Some of my colleagues noted that since today is my birthday I should do a birthday post on me. They were kidding but upon reflection I decided why not! I’ve often been asked why I got into a history- related career; so why not blog […]

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