4/3/1974: Where Were You?

Suddenly the grass is too green. It is lush and inviting, but it isn’t real. Outlines are sharply defined, and objects seem to leap out at you. The air is clear but there is a faintly pink cast to it. There is no breeze, and even the birds are silent. But it is a moment of ominous serenity. For nature […]

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Lincoln’s last photograph

We are well into February and are about to celebrate President’s Day next Monday. President’s Day was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. While the US did celebrate this day for years, the holiday became known as President’s Day after it was moved in 1971 in […]

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Construction of Camp Zachary Taylor

[Above image: View of Camp Zachary Taylor, WW I-16.] Camp Zachary Taylor (CZT) was created in June 1917 for the purpose of training American troops following the United States entry into World War I in April that year.  The camp was located southeast and south of Louisville, with camp headquarters being north of the later Poplar Level Road and the […]

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Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome, a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel and Sturtevant House, New York City; Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs; Occidental Hotel, San Francisco and Leland Hotel, Springfield), was himself employed […]

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[Eye] Candy: No Tricks just Treats

Nothing says Halloween more than candy. And nothing says candy like 20 lbs. of fudge. In the spirit of fall, candy, and all things Halloween, this month I’m sharing a recipe from the recently acquired Reed’s Candy Stores recipe book [Mss. BB R323]. Once located at 3600 W. Market as well as Fourth and Oak (building still stands at 3600 […]

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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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Finding Your Way Home: Archivist Explores the History of 205 S. Peterson Avenue

This past March I attended Steve Wiser’s lecture titled “Historic Homes of Frankfort Avenue” at the Peterson Dumesnil home. As a resident of the Clifton neighborhood I was excited to learn more about the homes located on—and around— a street I travel daily. As expected, Wiser’s talk was interesting and full of wonderful images and information (if you have yet to attend […]

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Etiquette Then and Now: Are Manners a Thing of the Past?

With Derby and its associated parties behind us, I thought this an apt time to pen a post rather tangentially related to food and the preparation/serving of: party etiquette. The Filson has a handful of 19th and 20th century books and other manuscript items on the topic of etiquette, something that sadly seems to be falling all too often to the […]

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New Kentucky Derby Gallery

On Monday, May 17, 1875, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. decided to rally the crowds for the Derby and opened the infield to the public free of charge, according to one source. The last nail was hammered into the new grandstand moments before the gate opened and the first racing fans entered. Derby Day at Churchill Downs postcard, ca. 1920-1930s. [Postcard Collection, HRA-21]

It’s arguably the biggest week in Louisville, as the town gets geared up for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.  You’ve likely already seen Assistant Curator Johna Picco’s post on the perfect Mint Julep. To continue to help you get in the spirit, whether you are near or far, Associate Curator Heather Stone has compiled a new addition to […]

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Encountering Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith’s papers came to The Filson by way of the Heyburn family; after Margaret’s death, the son and daughter in law of her employer, a Mrs. Heyburn, reviewed her personal effects, as she had no other family, and saved her six diaries, along with 18 letters, a scrapbook, various pieces of ephemera, and 22 images.  About 25 years later, […]

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