The Jefferson County Historical Society was founded in 1946 to preserve the heritage of the county for future generations.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate about and stimulate interest in history in general and in the history of Jefferson County, Illinois, in particular.

To accomplish these objectives, the Society assists in historical research; aids in collecting and preserving data and artifacts; has established and maintains facilities that will preserve in permanent form the results of such research and collections; provides tours and programs for area schools, organizations and individuals; and, publishes in appropriate manner those materials that will further these objectives.


President Nancy Sodders
Vice-President Sharon Francois
Secretary Linda Duncan
Treasurer Kirby Dixon

Board members

Kathleen McMurrin Joe Ashbrook Sid Milliner Jack White
Susie Gowler Carol Ritchey Jerry Clemens Tom Newton
Brian Burwell Marge Wallace Howard Christ Lucy Baker
Sharon Nichols John Warren Ellen Breeding Lucille White

The Board of Directors meets 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.


Joan Flood


We invite you to become a part of preserving the county’s history with your support and membership in the society.

Download membership form

Annual dues


Calaboose Level (Youth) $12
Pioneer Level (Individual) $25
Pioneer Level (Couple/Family) $35
Mt. Olive Church Level $50-$99
Hickory Hill School Level $100-299
Puckett’s General Store Level $300-$499
Zadok Casey Level $500-$999
Carl L. Schweinfurth Level $1000+


Membership year begins the month of your enrollment.

The Jeffersonian, is the society newsletter. It keeps members informed about the activities of the society, and also contains articles relating to the past.

Quarterly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of March, June, September and December. A history related program is presented.

Chat sessions are held monthly from September through May on the third Tuesday at 1:00 pm. Light refreshments are served. Non-members are invited to attend and participate. The sessions are recorded for the society’s archives.


Volunteers operate and maintain the village. A wide variety of opportunities are available including staffing the village during operating hours, conducting tours, demonstrating, maintaining and improving the grounds and buildings.

Volunteer Opportunities

Pathway through History

Have a paving block engraved with your message and installed at the village. Prices range from $35 to $250 depending on size. Contact the society office for more information.

Donations of Memorabilia

If you have books, papers, articles, photos, furniture, tools, small machinery etc. relating to the county's past; we're interested. Call us and let us know. (618)246-0033