Field Trip: The Filson Explores the Pennyroyal Plateau!

Ah, the field trip. Field trips bring back such memories from childhood. They were a way for me to visit places and learn things I otherwise might not have been able to. I distinctly remember visiting the Franklin Science Institute in Philadelphia, the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and seeing the 1996 Olympic Torch as it passed Mount Vernon in […]


The Filson Celebrates Riverboats and the Belle’s 100th

Steamer J M White by Harlan Hubbard

Just in time for the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, which will feature 6 riverboats on Louisville’s waterfront and events around town next week, all in honor of the 100th anniversary of the launching of the Belle of Louisville, the Filson is proud to present a week of events and an exhibit of steamboats, riverboats, and Ohio River-related materials from our collections. The exhibit, […]


Free Screening of Rare Filson Films At August 1st Market St. Trolley Hop!

Free Screening August 1st

If you missed The Filson Historical Society’s packed June 13th screening of this rare, amateur film footage of Louisville, Indianapolis, and the region, here’s your chance to see it at Dreamland! In 2013 The Filson, with support from the community through a fundraising campaign, preserved three historic films from the Judge Arthur E. Hopkins Collection. Judge Hopkins (1881-1944) was […]


The Filson’s Campus Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Filson Historical Society held its official groundbreaking ceremony May 8, 2014 for the expansion and renovation of its Old Louisville campus.  The addition will add more than 20,000 square feet of new archival storage for The Filson’s collections, as well as improved conference, lecture, classroom and exhibit space, enabling The Filson to expand it’s mission and service to all […]


Kentucky Archives Month: Folklore and Superstitions

    As we move into fall and the Halloween season, I wanted to let everyone know that October is also an important month here in the archives.  October is American Archives Month and we will be celebrating here in Kentucky! For a little background, Kentucky Archives Week began in 2002, following a national trend of states and localities celebrating […]