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  • L&P Canal (Mss. C L).jpg

    Annual report of the president and board of directors of the Louisville and Portland Canal Company, showing its balance of cash, tolls received, expenses, and stock sales. This table lists the amount of goods and tolls paid, along with the number of vessels that passed through the canal for each year from 1831 to 1851.
  • Murphy, D.X. & Bro., Architects Louisville Hotel photo copy.jpg

    Drawing of the second floor of the Louisville Hotel, on 6th and Main Streets.
  • A M647a The Oriental Tobacco.jpg

    Label reads: Manufactured by N.B. Dickinson Richmond, Va.

    A petition signed by William Christian Bullitt against Joseph Clement, dated September 21st, 1854. Clement was a justice of the peace and had imprisoned Daniel, Bill, and Titus - three men enslaved by William Christian Bullitt - under the assumption that they were running away.

    Carte-de-visite of Viola A. Stow (1841-1912). This image appears to have been taken before Viola's marriage to Frank Dufour in October, 1862. Note that an identical table serves as a prop in the studio photographs of her brother Baron [018PC4.04-.05]

    Viola Stow was born in 1841 near East Enterprise, Switzerland County, Indiana, a rural farming community near the Ohio River. She was the third of four children and only daughter of Uzziel and Catharine Stow. Stow’s parents valued education, and as a young girl she studied at the community school in Stowtown. The school was maintained by local residents, but the community often had difficulty retaining teachers. This led to sporadic instruction during Stow’s youth.

    E. M'Carthy; John S. Reed
  • 010PC21_18.jpg

    Photograph of Prince Ernest Augustus with his two sisters Princess Frederica of Hanover and Princess Marie of Hanover. Their father was the last king of Hanover.

    Coles; J. Slinglandt

    Elizabethtown Seminary's curriculum was designed to be challenging. Science and math were given priority, and subjects included natural history, botany, physiology, atronomy, geology, mineralogy, chemistry, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Viola was often nervous before examinations and dedicated many hours to study.

    She and the other students were assigned daily domestic tasks such as preparing meals and doing dishes. Some students also made pies or cakes. It could take up to 2 hours to wash dishes after a single meal.
  • Fanny signature, from letter to Cecelia, 2 August 1855.jpg

    Signature of Fanny Thruston Ballard (1826-1896), from one of five letters written to Cecelia Larrison (1831-1909).
  • 1985_25_2_a.jpg

    Child's fork with convex curved handle. The handle is decorated with a raised outline, repousse leaves, and a monogram. The back of the handle has more vegetative repousse designs with 4 square marks of "J S & Co." and "Jas. I. Lemon & Co" (retailer).
  • 1988_28_1_a.jpg

    Coin silver teaspoon engraved "Lemon" on the front side of the handle. The bowl is egg-shaped and has a flat edge. The handle has rounded flanges near the bowl and ends in a fiddle style pattern. Marked on reverse: Jas. I. Lemon.

    Patty Thum was known for her paintings of flowers, especially roses but she was also a talented landscape and portrait artist. She is one of the city's earliest professional woman artists. She also was an author, inventor, and major advocate for the arts in the City of Louisville. She dedicated her life to art from the age of 16 right up until her death at the age of 73.

    Born in Louisville in 1853, Patty was the eldest child of Louisa Miller and Mandeville Thum, a doctor with a practice on Jefferson Street. Patty attended the Louisville Girl's School (the city's first public school). Patty was 9 years old when her father died in 1862, serving as a surgeon for the Confederate 7th Arkansas Infantry. Louisa never remarried and ensured her sons and daughters all attended college.

    In 1869, at the age of 16, Thum left home and traveled north to study art at Vassar College, established in 1861 to "accomplish for young women what our colleges are accomplishing for young men."

    Engraving from Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion of a scene from Cairo, Illinois. This scene encompasses almost every facet of working on the river. Shantyboats, steamboats, fishing boat, flatboats, and wharf boats all go about their business. But an upcoming mode of transportation and transport included in the image portends the decline of the steamboat – the railroad.

    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of Zachary Taylor (1784-1850). "The nation mourns a patriot gone. Published at 302 Race St Bel., 9th."

    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of Zachary Taylor (1784-1850). Gold eagle holding an American Flag with profile of Taylor in gold. "The last coherent words of the venerable patriot, President Zachary Tailor [sic]: 'I die--I am expecting the summons--I am ready to meet death-- I have endeavored faithfully to discharge my duty --I am sorry to leave my friends!"
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