When an Irish Rebel Had His Portrait Drawn in Louisville

By Mark Holan, guest contributor Irish leader Éamon de Valera arrived in Louisville on Oct. 10, 1919, during a U.S. tour to raise money and political support for his country’s war of independence from Britain. Caricaturist Wyncie King sketched the rebel politician at the Seelbach Hotel.[1] One of the pencil drawings appeared in the next day’s Louisville Herald, where King […]

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The Louisville Equal Rights Association: Women’s Suffrage in Louisville Kentucky

The Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky holds the only known organizational record of the Louisville Woman Suffrage Movement – a minute book. This volume details the first sixteen years of the Louisville Equal Rights Association (LERA), from 1889 to 1895. Meeting initially in the home of Susan Look Avery in March 1889, this small group of men and women […]

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A Family History Sent by Mail

By Elizabeth Standridge, Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society Intern Since the advent of quicker and more convenient forms of communication like e-mails, text messages, and phone calls, postcards and letters have fallen by the wayside. While I love the immediacy of being able to talk to loved ones near and far, there is something special about receiving a nice […]

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Through a Soldier’s Lens, Part 4: Images from the Front

Through a Soldier’s Lens: Jack Speed’s WWI Photography is currently on exhibit in the Filson’s Nash gallery. The exhibit is open through July 27, 2018 and showcases the photographs of Jack Speed, a young soldier from Louisville, Kentucky who served in World War I. In this final installment of a four-part series, we look at photographs Jack took near the front […]

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Now Available! Recently Cataloged Architectural Collections

The following architectural collections are now available for research: Kolbrook, Joseph H., 1891-1976. Architectural drawings, 1923-1976. 1,676 sheets; 22 folders and 2 rolls. (opening image taken from the Kolbrook collection; image depicts summer cottage of Dr. and Mrs. WR Pettigrew) Hutchings, E. T., 1886-1958. Julius Ellis residential architecture drawings, 1923. 5 sheets. Bradford Mills. Architecture drawings, ca. 1898-1924 (bulk: 1924). […]

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Early Conflicts in the Ohio River Valley

By William Schuhmann The Filson Historical Society has a large and well maintained collection of manuscripts and artifacts, but one of the lesser known resources that the Filson has to offer is its historical files. The historical files (or vertical files) are a collection of general information files on various topics. So, before diving into primary resources, like letters and […]

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Out of the Pencils of Babes: Children’s Letters to Mayor Armstrong

Last week we brought you writing and illustration for children and this week we follow up with writing and illustration by children. At some point your grade school education, perhaps you were obliged to write a letter to a Very Important Person. This modest assignment simultaneously cultivates many skills and competencies such as penmanship, conventions of correspondence, and civic involvement. In the […]

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A Tale of Two Chickens

A few weeks ago, the Filson newsmagazine had a small article on my upcoming Filson Friday lecture. The lecture, scheduled for July 13, is going to be on the Filson’s collection of children’s literature. Since then I have been corresponding with Jim Coorssen who still had a large collection of books from his childhood, and last Monday he brought them […]

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Through a Soldier’s Lens, Part 2: Rooming with Napoleon

Through a Soldier’s Lens: Jack Speed’s WWI Photography is currently on exhibit in the Filson’s Nash gallery. The exhibit runs through July 27, 2018 and showcases the photographs of Jack Speed, a young soldier from Louisville, Kentucky who served in World War I. In this second installment of a four-part series, we look at several images Jack captured during cycling […]

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What’s on your Derby Menu?

If you are a local Louisvillian or a transplant like myself, you know that this is Derby Week here in our great city. This Friday and Saturday marks the 144th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. While many people think of the horses, hats, and bourbon what about the culinary side of things that are equally apart of this local  holiday? […]

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