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Filson Historical Society

Louisville Life profiles Kentucky's oldest, privately supported historical society, named to honor Kentucky's first historian, John Filson, which was founded In May 1884.

Today, membership at the Filson Historical Society numbers over 5,000, with over 12,000 people visiting the society annually to conduct research, attend programs, and tour the building.

The Filson has four permanent collections to serve and educate the public: a library (50,000 titles), a manuscript collection (1.5 million items), a photographs and prints collection (50,000 images), and a museum (10,000 items).

Program 325
Louisville Life raises the drawbridge in Versailles, visits Kentucky's oldest historical society, looks back at Louisville's majestic movie houses and more. (#325)