Johna Picco

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Johna Picco is an Assistant Curator of Special Collections at The Filson. She earned her MLIS with a focus in archives and library architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When away from The Filson, Johna enjoys reading and spending time with her Chihuahua.
Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome was a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel...
The 141st Kentucky Derby is less than a month away and in keeping with April's Kentucky Derby Festival celebrations, this month's "Recipes from the Archives" features a classic: The Mint Julep. The "Pendennis Club Mint Julep" is found within How...