Holiday Cheer from The Filson

This is a screen shot of an entry in the Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog for the subject heading, "Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932."

Just like that jolly old elf with a sack of presents on his back, this holiday season The Filson is also delivering a few “gifts” to researchers and history enthusiasts.  Two projects in development over the past year are in their initial launch stages on our website. The Manuscript Virtual Card Catalog will make descriptions of The Filson’s vast manuscript collection […]


Give the Gift of History

  There is still time to support The Filson this year! As the year draws to a close think about giving the gift of history to a loved one. Give a Gift to the Capital Campaign: The Filson is now accepting orders for a limited number of personalized, engraved wood panels, that will be permanent fixtures in the beautiful Event Hall in the […]


Culinary Adventures in The Filson’s Collections

The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, my family congregated in the kitchen and prepared a special meal together: turkey, stuffing, a plethora of sides, and–my favorite–three flavors of homemade pie. Many families have holiday traditions surrounding the food that is prepared and shared. Recipes that we learned from our parents and grandparents have […]


Happy Veterans Day!

Every year since 1938, the United States of America has celebrated Veteran’s Day (formerly known as Armistice Day). We would like to thank our veterans for their service to our country.


Embattled Capital: Reflections of a Kentucky Community at War

Although the capital of a crucial border state, Frankfort, like many communities suffered from divided loyalties during the Civil War. The home of the venerable John J. Crittenden, Henry Clay’s chief lieutenant during the glory days of the Whig Party, the capital, while a small town in terms of population, was also the home of other prominent Kentuckians who were […]


New Books from the Ernie Ellison Collection

Long-time volunteer, Ernie Ellison, worked in the Special Collections of The Filson Historical Society many years ago. After his death, the family offered The Filson the opportunity to purchase items from his personal collection. It was an offer that curator Jim Holmberg was quick to accept. “Ernie had a large assortment of books, photographs, maps, and documents that spanned many […]


Get Involved in our Campus Expansion Project: Purchase A Wall Panel!

You have heard about The Filson Campus Expansion Project. You may have even attended our Groundbreaking Ceremony in May. Now, we are pleased to offer you a new and unique way to get involved in our Project. Our architect firm, De Leon and Primmer, has created a magnificent design for our new building, The Owsley Brown II History Center, including […]


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, […]


Camp Zachary Taylor Lands Photo Album

Auction brochure, Camp Zachary Taylor Records, The Filson Historical Society

This summer, I gave my Filson Friday lecture on Louisville’s World War I cantonment, Camp Zachary Taylor, as revealed through the Filson’s manuscript, photo, and printed material collections.  [Members can listen to this lecture online.]  The Filson’s photo collections of the CZT area and operations were one of the main draws in my choice of topic for this lecture. The […]