Get Your Pigskins Ready, It’s Super Bowl 50!

This Sunday is the 50th Super Bowl and we didn’t want to be left out of all the hubbub and fun; here are a few historic pictures to help get you into the spirit of the game–enjoy! Opening image: Football Team, Richmond, Ky.  (Madison County, Ky.) [Filson Subject Photo Collection – SPR/FB-23]   

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New Year, New Recipes!

February–already?! Apologies for the delayed start (I’ll blame last month’s “snow”) but I’m back and introducing a new year’s worth of Recipes from the Archives. February features kitchen know-how, tips and one, sweet recipe from the Selena Gray Galt Ingram recipe scrapbook (Mss. SB I54). Selena, a student of Mrs. M.B. Snow at the Alumnae Club’s School of Domestic Science, compiled the book in […]

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Ethel du Pont’s Little Red Auto Stories

Mention Ethel du Pont and those familiar* with the name will likely recount the labor journalist’s civil and women’s rights activism. Others may recall the intended socialite’s bold dismissal of her intended world and role. Most, however, wouldn’t associate du Pont with children’s literature. As it turns out, du Pont also explored various literary endeavors in addition to activism. One […]

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“Dear Nellie”: The Civil War Letters of Ellen M. Sherman

By James M. Prichard In a letter dated 18 November 1862, Myrtilla “Tillie” Galpin scolded her childhood friend: “Nellie why for mercy’s sake don’t you write? Do you ever think that we only have a short time to enjoy the comforts and blessings of this world….”  Tillie was not the only correspondent to chide Ellen M. “Nellie” Sherman (1840-1914) of […]

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Planning a Vacation with Eleanor and Enid

A combination of cold days and a new year have been ideal for vacation planning, so my husband and I checked out some guidebooks from the library and started planning a trip to Great Britain.  Before we visit a new place, we also like to explore some of its history because we find that it enriches our travel experience.  With […]

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Dreaming of Snow, in Black and White

Sledders at Iroquois Park

The weather forecast for the rest of the year is in, and any hopes for a white Christmas in Kentuckiana have been conclusively dashed. It looks like rain and unseasonably warm temperatures nearly through the new year. But like the stereotypical elderly relative who regales the children with stories of the old days, when one had to walk miles through […]

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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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