A Passion for Plants: The Working Library of Anne Bruce Haldeman

Anne Bruce Haldeman once described her entry into the profession of landscape architecture as “accidental”, but there is nothing coincidental about her legacy.  Considered one of Kentucky’s pre-eminent landscape architects of the 20th century, Haldeman is best remembered for her role in creating historically-informed gardens at important Kentucky sites.  These projects include My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown […]

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Jefferson County’s Official Song

By Pauline Ottaviano. Exploring the Filson’s collection of sheet music and selecting pieces written by women composers led me to some interesting discoveries.  There were many songs about Kentucky in general, even one claiming to be the Commonwealth’s official song, as it was published before My Old Kentucky Home was adopted.  The most unique, however, is a small, photocopied song I […]

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Additions to PastPerfect Online: Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston’s “Mountain” Collection

by Jennie Cole Thanks to volunteer Chip Arbegust and Associate Curator for Photographs and Prints Heather Potter, The Filson’s online photo offerings continue to grow in PastPerfect Online.  Chip and Heather are currently focusing on the “Mountain” photograph collection of former Filson president and major donor Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston; three counties’ worth of materials are now available for your viewing […]

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Filson Fridays are back for Summer 2016!

It’s baaaaaack! Filson Fridays are back on the calendar for 2016 and we can’t wait to share them with you! Join us at Oxmoor Farm every Friday at noon from July 8-August 12 for these exciting lectures: Friday, July 8 – 12:00 p.m. The Library at Oxmoor Farm, 720 Oxmoor Avenue, Louisville Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect Johna L. […]

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Music in Wartime: Song Composition during the First World War

by Pauline Ottaviano. World War I was a time of great change for the American people.  They lived in a time when nearly everything was unsure.  Men were being drafted and leaving home and work.  Paper and other goods had to be saved.  Money was tight.  One thing that kept families and soldiers alike going was music.  The music of […]

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Fun with Flags: A Pictorial Celebration of Flag Day

If you are a fan of the show The Big Bang Theory, then you definitely know about Sheldon’s YouTube/podcast show, “Sheldon Cooper presents: Fun with Flags,” which was created by characters Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler to teach vexillology, the study of flags and related emblems. While I myself am not a scholar of flags, I do appreciate a […]

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To The Halls of Montezuma: A Kentuckian in Mexico

By James M. Prichard, Manuscript Cataloger   The outbreak of the Mexican War found Simon Bolivar Buckner serving as a young second lieutenant in the 2nd United States Infantry. A recent graduate of West Point, the future Confederate general and Kentucky governor was detailed as assistant instructor of Geography, History, and Ethics at the Academy. When war came in the spring […]

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Exploring Louisville’s South End

I’m always fascinated by how much the built environment has changed over time.  Businesses and residences that once were integral parts of the landscape have long since been demolished, many leaving little trace of their existence beyond what was captured by a camera lens.  Other structures survive but only as shells of their former selves – rundown eyesores, sagging and […]

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Have You Ordered Your Summer Piano Yet?

[C/B Baldwin Company]

In June of 1913, with the summer travel season coming on, the Louisville sales office of the Baldwin Company engaged in a direct mail marketing campaign to sell pianos to rural families. According to the letter, sent to Mrs. G. H. Fleck of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the company had but just then realized that their efforts in advertising in the city […]

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The Dresden Plate Quilt

Ah, the Dresden Plate. A pattern that looks fairly complicated but actually isn’t. This type of pattern is one of my favorites, simply because it’s easy but not boring. You get to play with a fun template, there’s lots of ironing, and it looks pretty cool when you are done. You might be wondering why I’m telling you the virtues […]

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