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Martha Washington by Barbara Kay

Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Martha Washington’s strength and compassion during the Revolution gave our soldiers hope. Ms. Kay, a retired history teacher from St. Louis, portrays Martha who played a vital role in the formation of this country. Martha not only served as a partner and balance for her husband but also as a guide for future First Ladies. Her intelligence, courage, and gracious personality have made her one of the most respected women in American history.

Heritage Festival

Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days

The Jefferson County Historical Village will host its annual Heritage Festival the first weekend of October. Demonstrations and old-time crafters will be on the grounds, as well as costumed docents to provide tours of the Historical Village. Food and drink will also be available for sale. There will be a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Mt. Olive Church. Musical performances are scheduled throughout both days.

Solo Artist Dee Ann Schnautz

Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Dee Ann Schnautz is a solo artist who has been sharing her blend of traditional, progressive and southern gospel music with the local church and weekend audiences for nearly two decades. Based in the Southern Illinois area, she travels by invitation to offer encouragement and hope to others through the ministry of music.

Herrin Massacre

Saturday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Twenty-four men were killed in Williamson County and on the streets of Herrin, Illinois over a two-day period in June of 1922. It was the largest mass murder of nonunion labor in the history of America. The event would become known as the Herrin Massacre. This presentation by historian Scott Doody (author of the Herrin Massacre), and geospatial scientist Steven Di Naso, covers the events of April through June of 1922 leading up to the massacre, the event itself, and the discovery of the long forgotten graves of the Herrin Massacre victims, more than 90 years later.

Jenna Johnson, Solomon Apostle, Laura Schmersahl

Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m.

This trio is coming together for a special performance designed for the Jefferson County Historical Society. These three talented performers will delight the audience with a variety of music using vocals and musical instruments that includes a clarinet, keyboard, guitar and saxophone.

Chocolate Festival

Thursday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge  1107 Jordan Avenue

The Jefferson County Historical Society’s Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, chocolate tasting and bake sale. Contest categories include cakes, cookies, brownies, candy, and “heritage” recipes. For contest rules and entry forms, contact the Historical Society office. Tasting and bake sale are open to the public. $5.00 per ticket.



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 Dinners

Second Tuesday of the Month every four months

June 9, September 8, and December 8 at 6:30 p.m., Schweinfurth Museum at the Village

The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a fall quarterly dinner and program. The program is TBD but will be either a musical presentation or speaker. Pre-registration is required. $7.00 per person and payable at the door.

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

Third Tuesday of the Month from September through May

September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate. Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell. Registration is not required. Discussion topics change monthly.

Saturday Morning Coffee Hour

Third Saturday of the Month

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

On August 15, 2015, the Society started a Saturday Morning Coffee Hour inside the museum from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   These social hours will be held every third Saturday of the month.  Join us for a relaxing coffee break with friends or have the opportunity to get to know other members.  You can also find out what goes on behind the scenes.  Each coffee hour will have a different theme for viewing.

Here are the themes for the remainder of the year.

  • September 19th -  “What happens when we are given an artifact?”
  • October 17th -  “How and where are our artifacts stored?”
  • November 21st - “What are some of the jobs our volunteer do?”
  • December 19th - “What are in the plans for Heritage Acres?”
  • Coffee or teas along with delicious homemade pastries are provided.

    Volunteer Opportunities

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