The Filson Newsmagazine
Volume 3, Number 3
The First American West: The Ohio River Valley from 1750 to 1820
Given that we live in an era of unprecedented luxury and convenience, it is almost impossible for us to imagine the lives of those who began the trek over the Appalachians or down the Ohio River to explore the vast tracts of wilderness that lay to the West.
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The Beatty-Quisenberry Papers: The Family Papers of one of Henry Clay's Political Allies
One thing that I have learned in my twenty years of curatorial experience here at The Filson is that there is wonderful, historically important material still "out there," waiting to be found and, one hopes, preserved for posterity. The material may be measured by the item or by the cubic foot. It may be a single letter or diary or a trunk of letters and photographs.
The Way to the West...before Lewis and Clark (Part 1 of 2)
Where do Americans get their information about Lewis and Clark? To get some sense of an answer to that question I did what many of us do today, I went to the web. A Google search produced (in less than a second) 242,000 sites!
The Filson Institute: The Filson Undergraduate Research Program (FURP) and Teachers as Scholars (TAS)
The Filson Undergraduate Research Program is a new educational initiative designed to enhance college classroom teaching and learning by using The Filsonís research collections as a resource and springboard for the discussion, study, and reflection upon course-related topics in the arts and humanities, especially history. Combined with The Filsonís existing Fellowship and Internship programs, the Undergraduate Research Program offers opportunities for engagement, learning, and research in our collections from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.
Filson Fellowships - Matthew Taylor
Meet Matthew Taylor. He is an M.A. student at North Dakota State University in Fargo researching his thesis topic, "The Decimation of the Eastern Bison from 1600 to 1820." 1820 was the year of their extinction. Matthew said, "I had intended to write on the western bison, but the topic had been researched to death."
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