Autumn, as depicted by Patty Thum

Welcome to autumn!  This beautiful scene by Louisville artist Patty Thum inspires fall feelings in me.  My former colleague Robin Wallace shared the following information on Thum at one of our “Women in the Filson’s Special Collections” lectures: Louisville’s Patty Prather Thum was first tutored in drawing by her mother.  As many female artists did, she learned at home. Thum […]

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Give Local Louisville – October 1, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, you will have the opportunity to make your support of The Filson Historical Society go even further! The Filson Historical Society is a proud participant of Give Local Louisville 2015. Give Local Louisville is a 24-hour, online “give day” to support local nonprofits doing great work in our city. For one day, every dollar given […]

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“It Gives Me Pleasure” : The past and present history of quilting bees

Note: We’re sorry about the radio silence on the blog! Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to post a blog post last week. “The Lone Quilter” I am what some call a “lone quilter.” Prior to this year, I did not belong to any quilting guilds, sewing bees, or swap groups. I started sewing when I was given […]

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A Tale of Two Floors

Time – and tools – do indeed change things. Those who have visited the second floor of The Filson to use the library and attend programs no doubt remember what it looked like. That was “once upon a time.” As the new Owsley Brown II History Center continues to rise and the interior of the carriage house is completely remade […]

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Three New Image Galleries Featuring Louisville Cartoons and Cartoonists

Sketch of Fontaine Fox [Mss. A F791 / 1]

If you have never checked out our curated image Galleries here on The Filson’s website, or it has been some time since you have done so, now is a great time to take a peek. Our recently added galleries include the work of three wonderful Louisville artists and cartoonists – Wyncie King, Wallace Mathis, and Fontaine Fox. King drew caricatures of many […]

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Beans and Boats: Or, How the Virtual Card Catalog Helped Find Entries on Canning

His wife is a genius in canning fruits and vegetables. She told me how to can string beans so they would keep the whole year round. You take and string the beans same as if you were going to cook them for the table breaking them up then put them in mason jars, fill the jars as full as it […]

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New in the Library

Although we have been quite busy moving parts of the library to make way for renovations, new items continue to arrive for the collection.  Here is a list of some books that have been given to us over the last few months. Frederick Law Olmstead: Plans and views of public parks, by Charles E. Beverage. First Virginia Avenue Missionary Baptist […]

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The Case of the Avaricious Businesswoman

It was a mundane Monday morning in the archives. I had just started a new project and was sorting the records of a nursing home for the elderly in Louisville. I was surrounded (quite literally) by stacks of meeting minutes, reports, and financial records. If it sounds a bit snooze-worthy, it wouldn’t be far from the truth. But then I […]

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Filson Library’s New Digs

During the renovations of the Ferguson Mansion, part of the overall expansion of the Filson Historical Society, the Filson’s Library staff has moved to the first floor and set up shop temporarily in the mansion’s original library and dining room. The books from the second floor reading room have been moved to the “Closed Stacks”, our onsite storage rooms. In […]

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A Kentuckian in Paris: the Travel Diary of Dr. Thomas Sanders, Jr.

The Sanders family papers represent only one of the many valuable sources on early Kentucky life available for research at The Filson Historical Society. Dating from 1799 to 1928, the collection includes letters, receipts, and legal instruments from the Sanders family of Shelby and Hart Counties, Ky., including items from related families, the Hardins and Todds. The earliest letters include […]

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