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Steak Night at the Elks

Saturday, June 20 Serving time is from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Come out and support this fund raiser benefiting the Jefferson County Historical Society! Enjoy a delicious Steak ($14.00) or Chicken ($9.00) dinner. Child’s Meal is available ($6.00). Advance tickets are available.

Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White By Jeanne Schultz-Angel

Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m.

In the mid-nineteenth century, Illinois played a prominent role in the anti-slavery movement. It is important to understand the differences between those who were anti-slavery and those who were radical abolitionists. The discussion will also focus on how Illinois viewed the Underground Railroad.

Antique Tractor Show by Jefferson County Antique Iron

Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Jefferson County Historical Village grounds.

Members of Jefferson County Antique Iron will display their antique tractors on the grounds of the Village for public viewing. Come with the family and view a variety of antique tractors and take a tour of the Historical Village. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


Bringing It Back

Saturday, July 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A group of eight musicians dedicated to bringing back the folk music from the fifties and sixties. Inspired by the New Christy Minstrels, Bringing It Back utilizes three acoustic guitars and an acoustic bass to showcase the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and many other iconic folk singers. This group will take you down memory lane and you might find yourself singing along with the songs that we all grew to love.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social with ice cream and homemade cake in the Historical Village Museum. Carry outs are available. All proceeds raised go toward the upkeep of the Jefferson County Historical Village. Entertainment will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Historical Village will be open for tours as well. Price is $5.00 per person.

RBR Trio

Saturday, August 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A popular local musical trio that plays jazz, blues, soft rock, Brat Pack tunes, show tunes, and old standards. This trio includes Mt. Vernon’s own: Roland Mays, Brett Gibbs, and Roger Coatney. All of these musicians have an extensive musical background.

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.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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