The Filson Historical Society


The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.

How Your Donation Helps

34.9% of your car donation will go toward helping The Filson Historical Society Inc. with their project: Special Collections.

25.1% will go toward the project: Education and Programs Department.

18.7% will go toward the project: The Library.



  • Other school related activities
  • Historical site, records or reenactment
  • Library

Tax Status

IRS Classification: 501(c)(3) Public Charity established 1942

Your donations to The Filson Historical Society Inc. are tax deductible.

Grouping: Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).

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