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Excitement is building at the Filson. On October 29th of this our 133rd year we will  celebrate the public Grand Opening of our $12.4 million New Filson, created by our ambitious 7-Year Campus Expansion Project, unveiling what can only be described as the total transformation of one of our community’s historic  cornerstone institutions.  Your wonderful New Filson was made possible by the vision and generosity of 450 local, regional and national donors to the Project’s Cornerstone Campaign. We thank them, all our members and annual givers, and all who use our services --the entire “Filson family” -- for their enthusiastic support throughout the Project.

So the day we have been waiting for – the first day of the New Filson Era -- is almost here. Please share that day with us for an up-close and personal inside- and-out look at the entire New Filson. Bring the kids and the whole family to enjoy the Opening festivities and entertainments. Click here for the day’s schedule of events and other information.


Carl M. Thomas - Chairman of the Board


We are Kentucky’s oldest privately supported historical society, founded in 1884.  We have been collecting and preserving Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region’s significant stories for over 130 years.

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