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 […]


Yesterday’s YouTube 2: More Films!

If you haven’t already heard, we have been working hard here at The Filson to preserve several films from our collections.  Our most recent project is films from the Shirley T. Hemp Collection.  These films were shot on color and black and white 16mm film between 1926 and 1937.  They show Louisville as it was then, and includes rare footage […]


It’s that time of year again: The Kentucky State Fair

August is a month that generally brings to mind going back to school, the return of fall, and new beginnings. In Kentucky, August also reminds us of one thing: the Kentucky State Fair. Beginning in 1902, the Kentucky State Fair has been a longstanding tradition for many residents of our state. From it’s first location at Churchill Downs to it’s current […]


All Was Not Lost: Architectural Plans of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad

By Johna Picco, Boehl Intern On the morning of July 18, 1905 Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company’s President, Milton Hannibal Smith, sent a grim telegraph to the L&N chairman: “Union Station Louisville burned last night […] Loss almost total.” Milton estimated $200,000 in damages, not including the records forever lost from the offices of the Chief Engineer and Machinery Superintendent. […]


Who Do You Think You Are – Find Out at the Filson!

Written by Laura Wheaton. The genealogy research phenomenon has taken on a new life with the production and broadcast of TLC’s season five of their famous show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” The first episode featured actor Cynthia Nixon, who discovered her ancestor was an axe murderer! To find out if you have an axe murderer, (or governor, homemaker, […]


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 is Featured in Latest University of Louisville Magazine

The Filson Historical Society was prominently noted in the Summer edition of the U of L Magazine featuring the university’s admittance into the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The article is featured in the top half of the image below, including a photo of Dr. A. Glenn Crothers, Director of Research and Jim Holmberg, Special Collections Curator. We encourage you to open and […]


The Campus Expansion Project: Construction Has Begun

The Filson Historical Society’s Campus Expansion Project is well underway. Our contractors, Wehr Realm, wasted no time after the official groundbreaking ceremony on May 8th. They prepped the site, poured test pilings, excavated the new building’s footprint, and have begun to pour the foundation! To prep the site, the contractors had to make some changes to the parking lot on […]