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All members receive:

  • Free or reduced admission to Filson events
  • Free subscriptions to The Filson newsmagazine and the Ohio Valley History  journal
  • Free research access to the Filson’s library and special collections and reduced remote research and image reproduction fees
  • 10% off image orders
  • Reduced rate of $35 per hour for professional research assistance (regularly $50 for non-members)
  • Discounted book sales at Filson events

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History is Calling

The Filson Historical Society invites anyone with an interest in history to join as a member. Filson membership allows you and your family to become history insiders, receiving exclusive benefits while supporting local history. Look below for a full list of benefits. Please join, renew, or purchase a gift membership today!

If you have questions about which membership level works best for you, please call our Development and Membership Department at 502-634-7108 and a member of the Development team will be happy to assist you, or email Kate Wanke at gro.l1670047067aciro1670047067tsihn1670047067oslif1670047067@etak1670047067.

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Membership Levels

Filson for All – FREE
The Filson is proud to join the national access program, Museums for All. This program encourages those receiving government assistance to apply for a reduced membership. We invite everyone to experience the Filson as we look to expand our outreach and diversify our audience. This is part of a larger initiative and goal to provide access to anyone for whom cost may be a barrier to visit the Filson.

Reduced membership benefits with digital publications for a family living in the same household with an EBT card. Also includes one free hour of research or consulting by phone or email, and a reduced rate of $35 per hour for additional research. Please call Kate Wanke at 502-636-0471 or email at gro.l1670047067aciro1670047067tsihn1670047067oslif1670047067@etak1670047067 to join.

Teacher / Student – $30
Reduced membership benefits with digital publications for one adult with a current student or teacher ID. Retired teachers may also apply.

E-member – $35

  • Streaming access to Filson events and lectures for one adult
  • Emailed issues of quarterly Filson newsmagazine and Ohio Valley History journal 
  • One hour of professional research assistance – by phone or email 
  • Additional research assistance at a reduced rate of $35 an hour ($50 for non-members) 

Institutional – $60
Available to institutions such as libraries, historical societies, and universities. Free subscriptions to The Filson newsmagazine and the Ohio Valley History journal. Does not include free admission to our weekly lectures or free research access. To join at this level, please call Kate Wanke at 502-636-0471 or email at gro.l1670047067aciro1670047067tsihn1670047067oslif1670047067@etak1670047067.

Individual – $75
Membership benefits for one adult.

Boone (Family) – $125
Membership benefits for a family (two adults and all children under 18) plus recognition in The Filson newsmagazine and membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Membership Program. View a full list of participating organizations (PDF).

Audubon – $250
All Boone level benefits plus 2 free guest passes, and invitations to special exhibit openings.

Clay – $500
All Audubon level benefits plus 4 free guest passes and two free hours of professional research consultation with Filson archivists.

Shelby – $1,000
All Clay level benefits plus 6 free guest passes and an annual invitation to dinner with a nationally-recognized historian or author.

Clark – $2,500
All Shelby level benefits plus 8 free guest passes and a free gift Boone membership for the person or household of your choice.

Filson – $5,000
All Clark level benefits plus 10 free guest passes and an annual free use* of a Filson event space.

*Subject to Filson rental policies.

Non-Profit Membership – $250
Available to non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. Membership benefits for five (5) named individuals, to be used within one year of purchase. One subscription to The Filson newsmagazine and the Ohio Valley History journal will be sent to the organization. To join at this level, please call Kate Wanke at 502-636-0471 or email at gro.l1670047067aciro1670047067tsihn1670047067oslif1670047067@etak1670047067.