To Dave Armstrong, history was not just interesting, it was essential.  He believed that an understanding of the past provided the best foundation for future success. His undergraduate degree in history from Murray State provided him with such a foundation. Now, thanks to a new program created in his honor, students have a new opportunity to connect with history at the Filson Historical Society.

The David Armstrong History Fellows program will provide up to 100 free Filson Historical Society family memberships to students. Targeted high school students are in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, Floyd, and Clark counties.

To apply for a High School David Armstrong History Fellow Award:

  • Students complete an application available on the Filson website. Download your application form here!
  • Obtain signature from a school representative and a parent/guardian
  • Submit the application by email to Kate Wanke ( or mail to The Filson, 1310 S. 3rd, Louisville, KY 40208.

To apply for a College or Graduate David Armstrong History Fellow Award:

Teachers should encourage students to apply for this free family membership quickly, as awards will be given out to eligible students in the order received.

David Armstrong History Fellows will receive special benefits including: a year-long family membership to The Filson ($120 value), free admission to educational programs, career exploration, and assistance in conducting research in The Filson’s library and special collections. Fellows will be invited to a special reception and orientation in February.

David Armstrong History Fellows award applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fellows will be notified when their application is accepted. Fellows’ membership benefits will run for a full calendar year from the date that their application is accepted.

This program is the result of donations to the Filson in memory of David Armstrong.