Kentucky Music Comes Home

Wade Ward with Alan Lomax, c. 1960

On Thursday, February 16th, curator Nathan Salsburg from the Alan Lomax Archive will visit the Filson to discuss the repatriation of the many recordings of folk and vernacular music collected by Lomax and his colleagues in Kentucky between 1933 and 1942. But what does it mean to “repatriate” Kentucky’s cultural heritage? Where did it go? For at least the last […]


Jefferson County’s Official Song

By Pauline Ottaviano. Exploring the Filson’s collection of sheet music and selecting pieces written by women composers led me to some interesting discoveries.  There were many songs about Kentucky in general, even one claiming to be the Commonwealth’s official song, as it was published before My Old Kentucky Home was adopted.  The most unique, however, is a small, photocopied song I […]


Exploring Louisville’s South End

I’m always fascinated by how much the built environment has changed over time.  Businesses and residences that once were integral parts of the landscape have long since been demolished, many leaving little trace of their existence beyond what was captured by a camera lens.  Other structures survive but only as shells of their former selves – rundown eyesores, sagging and […]