Camp Zachary Taylor

In the stacks at the Filson Historical Society lay panoramic photos of an old US Army training site that once was a major part of Louisville.  Camp Zachary Taylor, named for Louisville resident and American President Zachary Taylor, was a World War I training camp built in 1917, the largest of 16 such camps that dotted the United States to […]

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A New Year: Time for Endings and Beginnings

As we pull up to the end of another year, I can’t help but feeling that time is moving more quickly. How can 2010 be over?  I’m not ready to face 2011!  So many things weren’t accomplished this past year, or weren’t accomplished the way I had hoped….  Case in point, this blog post – it probably should have been […]

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All I Want For Christmas…

A recent email to my mother regarding some gift possibilities for Christmas led her to reminisce about the “good old days” when my sister and I penned letters to St. Nick, detailing how we had been good girls for the past year and requesting certain items as presents for Christmas.  The letters were carefully deposited on the family room coffee […]

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Repeal Day … it should be a national holiday.

On Monday, November 27, 1933, Kentucky became the 33rd state to pass the 21st Amendment which repealed the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. That week was Thanksgiving week and no other state voted on the issue until Tuesday, December 5th.  First Ohio and then Pennsylvania passed the 21st Amendment, but it fell to Utah later in that day […]

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Filson Launches YouTube Channel!

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Have you ever wondered if the Filson collections include old film footage?  They do! Have you missed a lecture and wished you could view it later at your convenience?  Now you can! The Filson is pleased to introduce an institutional YouTube channel.  This channel allows visitors to glimpse digitized footage from historical films & home movies, watch select Filson […]

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The Wonders of Portraits – Bringing the Departed Back to Life

This month The Filson is celebrating the publication of a new portrait book by Estill Curtis Pennington, Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920. This book is a comprehensive overview, encompassing both a cultural chronology and biographies of significant portrait artists. For anyone deeply affected by either art, history, or both, Lessons in Likeness […]

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Strange Creatures of The Filson Museum

Halloween may have just passed, but in an archive, it can be Halloween every day!  Two of the more curious items in The Filson collection include a “Fiji Mermaid,” and the supposed mummies of a giantess and her child.  The Fiji Mermaid is the mummified body of a creature that was supposedly half mammal and half fish, a version of […]

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A Day in the Life: The Lewis & Clark Expedition 207 years ago today.

“A Day in the Life” is a phrase we’re all familiar with. Whether it’s in the context of the famous Beatles song, the photojournalism project that documented life in a particular continent, country or city during one day, or the classic Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (not quite a match but too good not […]

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Funeral Home Records…more than just a document of death.

In honor of the month of October, with Halloween approaching I feel it is appropriate to share some information about the Filson Library’s funeral home holdings. Our library has funeral home records for the following 4 funeral homes. Maas Funeral Home from the 1890’s-1920’s.  They are filed by a certificate number and the index is in the File Room where […]

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Archives Month, Part One: What is an Archivist?

The concept of American Archives month began in 2006, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists – since then, archivists around the country have used the month of October to reach out to their communities and constituents to describe the value of archives and archivists. Today’s post will feature thoughts on the value of archivists; check back later in October […]

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