The Filson offers a variety of educational programming, events and publications. Our programming includes events and opportunities for schools.

Schools and other groups can visit for tours (reservations are required) of the Ferguson Mansion and museum. Three education trunks are offered: Frontier Kentucky, Lewis and Clark, and Civil War. For more information please email Scott Scarboro.

Lectures have been offered since our founding in 1884 and have included a President of the United States (Theodore Roosevelt) and several Pulitzer Prize winning authors. The Filson offers lectures and events throughout the year, including signature series such as the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series and the Henry Ormsby III Lesture Series. These series regularly include authors currently on national bestseller lists for non-fiction.

In keeping with our commitment to scholarship and education, and thanks in part to the Bullitt Family Trust and Boehl Trust, The Filson offers several fellowship and internship programs, as well as conferences and tours to historical sites. Under the Bullitt Family Trust, The Filson Institute organizes two international conferences a year – in the Spring and the Fall – as well as a larger call for papers academic conference every two years.

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Filson Institute Conferences
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