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, area high school 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 local area high school students. Targeted high school students are in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, Floyd, and Clark counties. To apply to be a 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 (kate@filsonhistorical.org) or mail to The Filson, 1310 S. 3rd, Louisville, KY 40208.

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 special 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 due on or before December 1st. Fellows will be notified before December 30th. Fellows’ membership benefits will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

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