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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Historical Fact or Fiction?

See if you can accurately finish this statement: “Our Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to… (a)  end taxation without representation (b)  break the hold of Great Britain and become a free nation (c)  form a confederation of states (d)  end slavery If you selected “end slavery,” you would not be historically accurate. Not only did the founding fathers fail to dismantle […]

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Crimes and Disasters- The Roy B. Parsons Scrapbooks

We may tend to think of the obsession with crimes and disasters as a modern preoccupation, but sensational stories have had an avid audience ever since there have been venues in which they could be reported.  Our forbearers preoccupation with macabre and shocking stories was brought to life in Michael Lessy’s book, Wisconsin Death Trip, based on a collection of […]

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Memory Palace Part I

Memories – the moving pictures in our heads. They’re the after-images of experience, and an essential part of how we form our identities. Memories are automatically created by our brains through all of our senses – the smell of freshly baked bread, the bright green of grass in the spring, the pealing laughter of a child. We can also capture […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

The recent federal holiday marking the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has continued to inspire many to consider the idea of equality and justice for all citizens. Personally, I noticed many facebook statuses on Monday quoting the Reverend’s words, the most popular quote being “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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On the Trail of Lewis & Clark

Whoever coined the saying that “time flies” wasn’t kidding. The years pass quickly. It is hard to believe that January 17th will mark the tenth anniversary of one of the most memorable Lewis and Clark events I had the pleasure – and in this case honor – in which to participate. Given my deep involvement in Lewis and Clark over […]

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