Holiday Cookies from Our Home(s) to Yours

For the final “Recipes from the Archives” post of 2015, I’ve decided to mix things up a little bit. So while I will of course feature a recipe from The Filson’s collections, I am also going to include a few personal favorites from various Filson staff. To kick things off, I’ll start with a Gingerbread recipe from the Corlis Respess Family […]

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The Textiles of Geneva Howard Bell

By: Jennifer Spence – Filson Volunteer Earlier this year the Filson acquired a series of clothing pieces from the Estate of Geneva Howard Bell. Geneva and her husband, Dr. Jesse B. Bell, the first black physician to practice at Jewish Hospital, worked tirelessly to improve the health and education of children in Kentucky. She was an active member of Mount […]

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Filson’s Christmas Gift Guide

I don’t know about you, but to me, there is something magical about this time of year. I truly enjoy searching out unique gifts for my loved ones and spreading holiday cheer. Then there are the special holiday drinks and treats that you only taste right this time of year (hello eggnog, Danish butter cookies, and peppermint hot chocolate). To […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

When I saw this image on Facebook recently; it reminded me of this postcard. This is an early 20th century Thanksgiving postcard from the Valentine and Greeting Card collection of Anna Bertrand. This collection was given to The Filson by Robert Zangmeister in 1992. The first image made me laugh because most of us do think of Thanksgiving as a […]

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Thanksgiving Classics: Pies, Sides & Turkey Roasting How-Tos

With Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!) just nine days (!) away, I decided it’s high time to share some holiday-inspired recipes. The following recipes come from a November 1959 Courier-Journal  special section titled “Cissy Gregg’s Cookbook.” Cissy was a long-time C-J columnist whose recipes appeared daily in a column titled “Cissy Gregg’s Cookbook and Guide to Gracious Living.” This column ran from 1942-1963. Interesting to note: Cissy’s column […]

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For Veterans Day, Candid Views of World War I

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In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to offer a glimpse of one of The Filson’s many collections that feature documentation of service by Ohio Valley men and women of all walks of life in conflicts stretching from the founding of our nation into the 20th century. As we are approaching the centennial of American military participation in World […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The controversial theory of quilts used as a code to aid slaves on their escape

I’m always excited when I find a new quilt in our collections. I tend to stumble upon them in the database when I’m looking for something else and it’s a fun surprise. I was lucky to find mention of a Bear’s Paw quilt in PastPerfect. The back of the quilt bears the following inscription: “Made by Mrs. Hannah Haye, Born […]

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Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome, a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel and Sturtevant House, New York City; Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs; Occidental Hotel, San Francisco and Leland Hotel, Springfield), was himself employed […]

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Halloween-spiration through the decades

Needing some last minute Halloween-spiration for a costume?  Here are a few costume ideas through the decades from our Photograph Collections: Cowboy 2. Indian 3. Dutch boy or girl   4. Clown 5. Hillbilly   6. Hula Girl  7. George Rogers Clark Whatever you decide to dress up as, I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!!

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Is This Thing On? — #OralHistoryDay at FHS

In celebration of Kentucky’s inaugural #OralHistoryDay, FHS’s archivists gathered first thing this morning to discuss and devise a plan. First order of business? Define what an oral history is (and what it is not). A helpful resource Doing Oral History breaks it down like this The next step for the group was to determine, based on the above definition, which holdings of The Filson’s would constitute as oral history. We […]

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