Events 2014


French Mussels, Moonshine, and Music: Mississippi Valley Migrant Life in the Early Twentieth Century by Musician Dennis Stroughmatt

Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.. in the Schweinfurth Museum

Admission is free but donations are appreciated

In a time almost forgotten, the Midwest and upper South were once home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked on the rivers as share croppers, fishermen, mussel shellers, button cutters, traveling minstrels, and even moonshiners. Once they were the backbone of industry in cities like Muscatine and Cairo, here are their stories and the music they played, a slice Memphis and St. Louis along their way.

Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers living along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Dennis is now the authority on this regional pocket of American antiquity. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this unique music bridges gaps between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles.

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, April 10, 2 - 4 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for Historical Society members and $15 for non-members

An elegant, relaxed experience to share with friends. A selection of teas (or coffee), scones, sweets and finger sandwiches will be served. There is limited seating and you MUST call for PRE-PAID reservations - 618-246-0033. All proceeds go towards programming and upkeep at the Jefferson County Historical Village. Call today for reservations!

Village & Museum Opening Weekend,

Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Abraham Lincoln Portrayal,

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum.

Southern Illinois resident Earl Webb will present an interpretation of former President Abraham Lincoln. Free, but donations are appreciated.

George Washington Portrayal,

Saturday, June 14, 2 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum.

Southern Illinois resident Paul Collins will present an interpretation of former President George Washington. Free, but donations are appreciated.



We are continually adding more programs and events to our schedule. To get the most up-to-date list of events, call or email us or visit our website or Facebook page.


Jefferson County Historical Society cookbooks are available. 

They are $10 each and make great holiday gifts.  They can be purchased from the society during office hours. For more information contact the Society office at 246-0033.


Society Events

Quarterly Membership Meeting

TBA; Schweinfurth Museum at the Village

Dinner: $7.00 per person. please make dinner reservations, in advance, through the office (246-0033) . (Pay at the door.)

Program: TBA

Board of Directors' Meetings

Held at the village on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Members and friends of the society are invited to attend and share their ideas and comments.

Chat Sessions

Chat sessions are held from Septermber through May on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month at 1 p.m. in the Fern Watson Library room at the village.

Lucy Baker leads discussions about Jefferson County's past. Current format is an open discussion. Members and non-members are invited to attend and share in conversation, coffee and cookies.

Sessions open to anyone interested. Photos, articles and mementos may be brought to share.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome. Conduct tours, maintain & upgrade museum exhibits and the village buildings. Help with events. Lots of opportunities.