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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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Access to web content
Free research
Subscriptions to The Filson and Ohio Valley History
Free admission to Filson Classic Events like lectures, programs, and book talks
Discounted admission to Filson Special Events
Free admissions to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series 1222222
Free admissions to the Ormsby Lecture Series 222222
Recognition in The Filson magazine
Two receptions for a private viewing of a special collection
Free guest admissions to a Filson Classic Event 46810
Two invitations to dinner with a nationally recognized historian or author
Free Boone memberships for a person or household of your choice 112
Opportunity to use the Ferguson Mansion for a private event
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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.
  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • 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.
  • Free admission to all Filson Classic Events.
  • Discounted admission to all Filson Special Events.
  • Access to exclusive members-only web content.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Best value for families!
  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.
  • Two invitations for two receptions with private viewings of a special collection.
  • 2 free guests admissions to special exhibition or Filson Classic event of your choice.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.
  • Two invitations for two receptions with private viewings of a special collection.
  • 4 free guests admissions to special exhibition or Filson Classic event of your choice.
  • Invitation to a dinner with a nationally recognized historian or author.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.
  • Two invitations for two receptions with private viewings of a special collection.
  • 6 free guests admissions to special exhibition or Filson Classic event of your choice.
  • Invitation to a dinner with a nationally recognized historian or author.
  • 1 free Boone level membership for the person of your choice.
  • Opportunity to use the Ferguson Mansion for a private event.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.
  • Two invitations for two receptions with private viewings of a special collection.
  • 8 free guests admissions to special exhibition or Filson Classic event of your choice.
  • Invitation to a dinner with a nationally recognized historian or author.
  • 1 free Boone level membership for the person of your choice.
  • Opportunity to use the Ferguson Mansion for a private event.

Covers 2 Adults and all children and grandchildren under 18

  • Free research visits to our Library and Special Collections.
  • A free subscription to The Filson, our quarterly news magazine.
  • A free subscription to Ohio Valley History, our quarterly journal.
  • 2 free tickets to the Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series.
  • 2 free tickets to the Ormsby Lecture Series.
  • Recognition in The Filson.
  • Access to Exclusive Members-Only Web Content.
  • Two invitations for two receptions with private viewings of a special collection.
  • 10 free guests admissions to special exhibition or Filson Classic event of your choice.
  • Invitation to a dinner with a nationally recognized historian or author.
  • 2 free Boone level memberships for a person or household of your choice.
  • Opportunity to use the Ferguson Mansion for a private event.