By Becoming a Member, You Can Make a Difference.

The Filson Historical Society is the oldest privately supported historical society in Kentucky.  For over one hundred years we have served the public through our extensive library, varied museum artifacts, and our special collections department that includes original manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, and portraits.  Our extensive 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 publications, weekly lectures, historical tours, art exhibits, reading-and-discussion groups, and weekend-long history conferences.

Because we receive no government support for operations, your membership is critical in our efforts to maintain the high level of service we provide to our patrons, researchers, and the community.  Your membership directly helps to fulfill our mission of identifying important historical artifacts, acquiring them, and preserving them for the education of future generations.

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Online podcasts of lectures and events, including Pulitzer Prize winning authors.
Online research tools, catalogues.
The Filson Club History Quarterly Online, published by The Filson from 1926-2001.
Free access to the library.
A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly newsmagazine.
A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal
Daily research fee of $5 (non-members pay a daily fee of $10.)
A complimentary ticket to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
Invitations to special programs.
10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books
Free research visits.
Priority seating at special events.
Filsonian recognition in newsmagazine.
Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
Dinner with a nationally recognized historian.
One-time free use of Ferguson Mansion.
Complimentary tickets to all fundraisers and events
Opportunity to have Filson program or series named in honor of donor or individual of choice.
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Memberships Available

  • The Ohio Valley History, a peer-reviewed academic journal of national repute begun in 2001 and published quarterly.
  • The Filson Club History Quarterly Online, published by The Filson from 1926-2001.
  • The Filson news magazine, published quarterly with news and information relevant to The Filson members.
  • Online podcasts of lectures and events, including Pulitzer Prize winning authors.
  • Online research tools, catalogs, collections.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • A current student ID is required.
  • Daily research fee of $5 (non-members pay a daily fee of $10).
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • A complimentary ticket to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in newsmagazine.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in news magazine.
  • Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in news magazine.
  • Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
  • Dinner with a nationally recognized historian.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in news magazine.
  • Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
  • Dinner with a nationally recognized historian.
  • One-time free use of Ferguson Mansion.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in news magazine.
  • Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
  • Dinner with a nationally recognized historian.
  • One-time free use of Ferguson Mansion.
  • Complimentary tickets to all fundraisers and events.
  • Free research visits.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • Invitations to special programs.
  • 10% Discount in gift shop, and on University Press of Kentucky books.
  • Priority seating at special events.
  • Filsonian recognition in news magazine.
  • Two receptions for private viewings of a special collection.
  • Dinner with a nationally recognized historian.
  • One-time free use of Ferguson Mansion.
  • Complimentary tickets to all fundraisers and events.
  • Opportunity to have Filson program or series named in honor of donor or individual of choice.