Kid’s Valentine Party

Sunday, February 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the village

Children ages 5 and upare welcome to attend; $5 per child. Pre-registration required.

At the Valentine Party, kids will make Valentine’s Day crafts, play games and decorate Valentine treats. To register for the event, contact the Jefferson County Historical Society at 618-246-0033. Registration is limited to 15 children so call soon to sign up.

Oh Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
By Chris Vallillo

Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. Schweinfurth Museum
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, award winning Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark movement. Intermixed with the music, Vallillo presents first hand accounts of the historic struggle and discusses the impact of music to our nations most important social cause.

Annual Chili Luncheon Fundraiser

Thursday, February 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. Mary Parish Center

Cost of $7.00 includes Chili or Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Drink and Dessert. Eat in or Carry Out. Bake Sale. Call 246-0033 for more information.

Spring Quarterly Dinner

Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum

The Jefferson County Historical Society will host its quarterly dinner and program. The program will be a discussion by Larry Periman about the Civil War letters that were discovered in a barn by his great-great grandfather, Adam Bingaman. Based on these letters, Mr. Periman has published a volume titled “The Bingaman Civil War Letters”. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. He is a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $7.00 per person. Call 246-0033 for further information.

The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations
By Lee Murdock

Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 in the Schweinfurth Museum
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

The War of 1812 contributed significantly toward defining the identities of the United States and Canada. The many songs composed during the war and its aftermath (including our own national anthem) express a broad range of Native American, white American, British, and Canadian perspectives. They demonstrate that perceptions of war and its repercussions can vary widely, depending on one's experiences of them. Skilled guitarist and singer Lee Murdock performs several of these songs and provides commentary about them based on his extensive research.

Molly Brown Portrayal
By Sharon Nichols

Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Retired teacher and Jefferson County Historical Society member Sharon Nichols will provide a lively portrayal of Molly Brown, who survived the Titanic in 1912.

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, April 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(two seating times).

$12.00 for Jefferson County Historical Society Members and $15.00 for non-members.
This event will be an elegant, relaxed experience. In addition to a selection of teas and coffee, an abundance of finger sandwiches, sweets and scones will be served. All proceeds raised from this event will go towards programming and upkeep at the Jefferson County Historical Village. To make reservations, purchase a ticket, or for more information, call the Historical Society office at 618-246-0033.

The Sinking of the Lusitania
By Barbara Kay

Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of one of the survivors. Although this event didn't lead immediately to the US entering World War I it was one of the factors leading into the United States’ involvement. Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.

Village & Museum Opening Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3,

Saturday10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

The Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum open for the 2015 season. Each weekend through October the Village and Museum are open for guided tours.

Southern Illinois Music
By Bill Reynolds

Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Local musician, music educator, Jefferson County Historical Society member Bill Reynolds, will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War. In 2004, Mr. Reynolds was the person instrumental in the revival of the Independence Silver Band.

Polly Launay Violin Concert

Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schweinfurth Museum

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Local violinist, Polly Launay, will delight the audience with a variety of musical selections including Cole Porter and George Gershwin.




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.