“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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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

Ruins in a French Town [007PC28.123]

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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