Careers with The Filson Historical Society

The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. We have serve the public through our extensive library, varied museum artifacts, and our special collections department that includes over 2.1 million original manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, architectural records, and portraits.  Our collections form a regional educational resource that attracts national and international researchers.

We are an organization dedicated to providing continuing adult education in the form of quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal – the Ohio Valley History, quarterly magazine publications, weekly lectures, historical tours, art exhibits, reading-and-discussion groups, weekend-long conferences and field institutes and excursions.

The Filson Historical Society is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an equal opportunity employer, and provides its employees with industry competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, life and disability insurance; a contributory retirement plan; paid holidays; and generous medical leave and vacation.

For general information regarding career opportunities, please contact The Filson Historical Society at 502.635.5083 and ask for Marian Salmon.

Career Opportunities at The Filson

Administrative Assistant

This is a full time position providing a broad array of administrative support for The Filson. The position reports to the Chief of Business Operations who oversees finance, human resources, building management, and technology. Position is full time with benefits with normal hours Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. For more information about this position, please see the job description here. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Marian Salmon (

Volunteers, Welcome to The Filson Historical Society!

Volunteering is a great way to learn more about history while helping to preserve the past for the enjoyment of future generations.  Meeting new people, learning and sharing information, and making a real contribution to The Filson are just a few of the benefits volunteers can receive for their time and effort.

At The Filson Historical Society, volunteers provide connections to the past and insights into the present.  Volunteers provide personal attention to visitors, perform behind-the-scenes assistance to our Library and Collections, and work with the public in education and programming events … all by contributing their unique talents, skills and life experiences, and their knowledge about our community, our commonwealth and the Ohio Valley region.

The Filson Historical Society is committed to encouraging volunteer involvement at all levels in the organization. Please see our current volunteer opportunities below:

Volunteer Opportunities at The Filson

Front Desk Volunteer

The Filson Historical Society is currently searching for volunteers to work the reception desk in the Ferguson mansion. Volunteers will be responsible for:

  • Greeting patrons in a friendly manner
  • Registering patrons for research and collecting research fees
  • Answering the phone and directing phone calls to appropriate staff members
  • Registering people for events using SimpleTix, our online event registration platform
  • Directing patrons and visitors within the building/campus according to their needs
  • Assisting Filson staff with clerical office duties on an as-needed basis
  • Previous office experience a plus


The Filson is seeking volunteer docents to give museum tours within its newly renovated exhibition spaces as well as the historic Ferguson Mansion. Successful docents have an avid interest in sharing art and history with diverse audiences. Docents will be required to complete several training sessions and will be expected to attend docent meetings as well as other events at the museum.

Docent qualifications include:

  • Energetic attitude
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest in local history and art
  • Professional demeanor toward visitors, staff and fellow docents
  • Punctuality
  • Commitment to the work—1 year minimum required

It’s an exciting time at The Filson—join us!

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Jordan Sangmeister at 502.635.5083 or email