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Filson Historical Society to undergo nearly $12M expansion

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:47 PM EDT

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, will undergo a nearly $12 million expansion to make room for additional artifacts.

According to The Courier-Journal , the society plans a 20,000-square-foot building that will be connected by elevated glass walkways to its existing 109-year-old Ferguson Mansion headquarters and the society's museum in the mansion's carriage house.

The society, founded in 1884, has grown in recent decades from a small, private history club to the region's pre-eminent outlet for regional history. Assistant director Judy Miller says it has about 3,000 members and sees about 10,000 visitors a year, including about 3,000 who come for research and several thousand schoolchildren.

Officials say the new building will house a large history center to provide easier access to the society's vast Ohio Valley History collection.

The building will also have a conservatory, banquet facilities, museum exhibit space, and room for lectures and educational programs.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,


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