Why the Lewis and Clark Bridge?

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of insiderlouisville.com

Aerial views of the recently opened Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio at Louisville. Courtesy of bridgehunter.com and insiderlouisville.com  Most people think of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an event in the history of the American West; up the Missouri, across the mountains, down the Columbia to the Pacific, and back again. That’s the western legacy of the epic […]

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An Aging Gallant: General Buckner’s Final Surrender

Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) and Delia H. Claiborne (1857-1932). The Buckner Family Collection and The Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1896 (The National Historical Society, 1896)

 Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) and Delia H. Claiborne (1857-1932). The Buckner Family Collection and The Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1896 (The National Historical Society, 1896) He rose to the highest ranks of the Confederate Army, but at war’s end Simon B. Buckner found himself a penniless exile from his native Kentucky. Ironically his final role in the Civil War was facilitating […]

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New Year’s Greetings from The Filson Historical Society!

In an age long before wireless speakers, CD players or turntables, friends and family gathered around a piano to welcome the New Year – and bid farewell to the old. In the place of a stack of vinyl records, late Victorians had treasured collections of sheet music. Many of the popular airs of the day were illustrated with colorful prints or […]

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Filson Finds: the Bullitt Family Papers

Unlikely Squatter: The intimate exchanges of Anne Christian, 1770 to 1787 by Melissah J. Pawlikowski Anne Christian exchanged letters with an intimate circle made up mostly of women. A Jane Austen cast of childhood acquaintances, the group persisted into adulthood as each married into a network of brothers and associates commissioned in Virginia’s military. I pulled Anne’s personal correspondence for […]

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Success Stories: Student Researchers at The Filson

Filson researchers in the making! [Filson Photograph Collection – SCH-76 GR Clark School, n.d.] Recently at The Filson we’ve undergone a tremendous amount of change, from moving not just our reading room from floor to floor (to floor, to floor…) but also rearranging our entire campus what with reception in another building entirely, as well as combining reference services (the […]

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Filson Finds: Three Letters

Hidden Historical Treasures at The Filson By Brian Craig Miller The Filson Historical Society has had a profound impact on my career as a researcher and writer for more than a decade.  When I was in graduate school at the University of Mississippi, I made the nearly six hour drive from Oxford to Louisville and spent several blissful days astonished […]

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Fanny Henning Speed

A portrait framed in dark wood and gilded gold adorns the Ferguson Mansion’s grand entry hall.  It depicts a bearded man, his arm encircling a dark-eyed woman.  By all accounts, Joshua and Fanny Speed were deeply in love (despite some initial doubts on Joshua’s part, overcome with the help of his friend Abraham Lincoln!).  In this portrait by George Peter […]

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Filson Finds: the Johnston Family Papers

On the Personal Effects of an Old Soldier By Dr. Barton A. Myers At the bottom of a large stack of acid-free folders, the very last folder in the Johnston Family Papers that I expected to examine at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky that afternoon, was a file labeled simply “Correspondence, 10 May 1862, Ed Munford to Jefferson […]

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Filson Finds: the Bodley Family Papers

We are pleased to present a new section of the John Filson Blog: Filson Finds. Every researcher has had that great moment when they come across the document they have been searching for, seemingly forever!  Or that moment when they suddenly realize that the thing they have been looking for has been right in front of them all along! We […]

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