Life on the Ohio: The Mercantile Pursuits of Ulysses P. Schenck

Steamboat Congo [BOS-49]

Like the towns described in Mark Twain’s memoir Life on the Mississippi, the town of Vevay, Indiana is seated strategically along the banks of a river.  Ulysses P. Schenck, merchant and entrepreneur, numbered among the town’s notable members in the 19th century.  A Swiss immigrant raised in Louisville, Schenck relocated to Vevay following the financial panic of 1837.  His name “Ulysses” […]


Celebrating Archives Month with a New Building

It is fitting that The Filson’s $12 million Campus Expansion Project will reach its completion during the month of October, which coincides with #ArchivesMonth!  It’s an exciting (and stressful!) time at The Filson.  The construction crews are installing the finishing touches on the new Owsley Brown II History Center, while the staff plan exhibits and programs for our Grand Opening […]


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, […]