The Filson Newsmagazine
Volume 5, Number 4
Browsing In Our Archives - Christmas at Ashland
Letters describing past holidays provide an important source for researchers about these special days in
American culture. What were Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and other holidays like years
ago? How were they celebrated?
Christmas Card Collection
In December of 1988, Mrs. B. Irby Moore of Louisville gave to The Filson Historical a small white box containing
twenty-seven pencil and ink hand drawn Christmas cards created by W. Harold Frantz. After I had examined the contents of this box, I realized that these were no ordinary
cards but full of unusual artistic talent and nostalgic sentiments on behalf of the artist.
Colonel William Stewart Hawkins, CSA: Prisoner and Poet of Camp Chase, Ohio
“Pardon me if the expressions of my gratitude for your sisterly kindness and sympathy have
been too warm. . .” — Colonel William S. Hawkins, 11th Tenn. Cavalry
Fayette Van Alstine Letters, 1861-1879
Fayette Van Alstine was born in New York ca. 1833 and worked as an L&N Railroad freight agent in Louisville during the 1860s and 1870s. A collection of his Civil War-era letters is housed in The Filson’s Special Collections and provides a valuable glimpse into Louisville’s wartime history.
Filson Fellowship: Rob Harper and Andrew H. Stern
The Filson Historical Society recently hosted two Filson Fellows interested in using our collection in hopes
of aiding their dissertations.
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