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Jefferson County
Historical and Genealogy Society

preserving and recording the ongoing history of
Jefferson County, Kansas

 
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The Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) and Jefferson County Genealogy Society (JCGS) have worked hand in hand for the past 50 years preserving and recording the history of Jefferson County, Kansas.  The two societies share the responsibilities in maintaining Old Jefferson Town. 

 

Old Jefferson Town consists of 10 buildings and a prairie grassland that preserve and exhibit donated artifacts (objects, documents, photos, books, maps, etc.)  It has an extensive genealogy library open to the community on weekends throughout the year and by appointment.  You will find family histories from all ten of the Jefferson County communities. 

A variety of volunteers keep the museum up and running. Recently the Genealogy and Historical society merged to better meet the needs of Old Jefferson Town.  JCHGS meets monthly to  hold a business meeting to discuss events and the needs of the facilities.   Community members are encouraged to be a part of the meetings. 

 

Volunteers work on accessioning and displaying objects, clipping and filing paperwork (obituaries, maps, family histories, photos etc.), planning events and connecting to the community through the local newspapers and social media.  Local school groups and 4H groups help with projects outside keeping the grounds picked up and landscaping maintained. 

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Become a Member!

Help Preserve Jefferson County History

Membership Information

 

Membership in the Jefferson County Historical and Genealogy  Society is available by  printing out the membership form and mailing it in or contacting:

 

Mary Luse

JCHS

16786 126th

Winchester, KS 66097

mjluse@gmail.com

 

Annual dues are $25.

 

The Jefferson County Historical Museum and Genealogy Society  is a non-profit organization that maintains Old Jefferson Town.  Your dues are used to help with the continuing upkeep of the buildings and grounds at Old Jefferson Town.  Your membership will help to maintain and preserve the rich history of Jefferson County and its communities.

 

As a member, you will receive a digital copy of the quarterly newsletter and the Yesteryears that comes out twice a year.  Yesteryears are filled with historical stories and information about the citizens and communities in Jefferson County.  (older issues are on this website - go to the Newsletters/Yesteryears tab)

Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Old Jefferson Town. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend the meetings.

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Become a volunteer!

Old Jefferson Town would not be here if it weren't for its volunteers. For over 50 years, history keepers have helped to preserve Jefferson County history.  Come and be a part!

CONTACT 

ADDRESS

Jefferson County Historical Society

P.O. Box 146

Oskaloosa, KS 66066

Old Jefferson Town

705 Walnut Street

Oskaloosa, Kansas 66066

CONTACT US

MUSEUM HOURS

May 7 - September 24

OJT buildings and Genealogy Library hours

Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm

Arrangements can be made to open at other times.  Please contact us at our email address.

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