Images Celebrating Independence

The Filson wishes you a Happy Independence Day!

S.A.R. Congress, Louisville, 1911. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner and Mr. Geo. L. Danforth Pres. Ky. Society, posing with a reproduction of the McHenry Flag in front of the Louisville Free Public Library.

A July 4th Picnic at Richlawn Stock Farm, 1905, Ralph Barker Collection

Sons of the American Revolution Fountain at Fort on Shore, Rowan and 12th Streets, Louisville, KY, July 12, 1912, Thruston Collection

Federal Hill, Bardstown, Ky. (Nelson County, Ky.) "My Old Kentucky Home" was built as a summer home in 1795, by John Rowan, Sr., a young lawyer of Louisville, Ky. Governor Edwin P. Morrow accepting the flag at flag pole dedication at My Old Kentucky Home (Federal Hill) July 4, 1923.

A picnic, July 4th, 1902, Vista del Rio, St. Augustine, FL, home of Kentuckian Major William Aikin, William Aikin Collection

Monument on the Battleground at Lexington, Massachusetts, May 19, 1912, Thruston Collection


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4 comments on “Images Celebrating Independence

  1. SJ Poindexter

    Do you know when Independence day was first celebrated? Did it begin consecutively with our nation’s declaration of independence or did it take a while to become established as national holiday of commemoration?


    1. admin

      SJ, Independence Day was celebrated almost immediately: In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired, once at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting. However you might also want to check this interesting State of Affairs broadcast that aired recently:
      I caught a bit of it on the radio and it was quite interesting. Robin

  2. Sandy Perry

    Dear Sirs/Madam,
    We have discovered a small packet of 10 photos of the early years of Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, in my grandfather’s home south of Effingham, IL. It appears they were mailed to him there. We would like to send them to your society/museum if you have an interest in receiving them there. The photos show WWI era troops in training, formation, etc. with one photo of Maj. Gen. Hale & Brig. Gen. S. Wilder on horses reviewing the troops. Pls. let us know if you wish to have these and we will send them right away.
    Sandy Perry – Moline, IL.

    1. admin

      Dear Ms. Perry, how wonderful! We would be very pleased to add these photographs to our collection. You can contact me at wallace “at” filsonhistorical “dot” org or 502-635-5083 concerning your donation. Thank you so much for thinking of The Filson! Kind Regards, Robin Wallace, Associate Curator Special Collections, Prints and Photographs


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