Mail Day!

Sending and receiving mail is high on my list of favorite things. Just the other day I penned a letter to my 5-year-old niece asking if she would be my pen pal. Today, as I write this, I am anxiously awaiting a box that holds my wedding save the dates (pretty sure every front desk volunteer has heard me say “If […]

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Women’s History at The Filson

March is Women’s History Month, and we make women’s history available every day here at The Filson. In a past Women’s History Month blog post, I detailed links to prior blog posts for those interested in what sort of Women’s History we have available here at The Filson.  Since that time, we’ve had more useful blogs on women and women’s […]

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Exploring the architecture of Crescent Hill and the Highlands

Unknown residence [ARS-37]

By Chip Arbegust, Filson Special Collections Volunteer For the last two years I have been volunteering in The Filson’s Special Collections department assisting with scanning photographs for image orders, in-house use, and different cataloging projects headed by Associate Curator of Photographs, Heather Potter.  As I walked through the doors of the Filson one Tuesday morning last November, per usual, I […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The Mariners’ Compass Quilt

Today I want to talk about a Mariners’ Compass quilt found in our Artifact Collection. This quilt was a gift from Jim Buchart and was donated in 1979. Beyond that, we don’t have any additional information on the quilt. It is quite lovely with the added leaves around the compass blocks. From inspecting the photo, it’s not clear if this […]

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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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