1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-246-0033
Email:
jchsvip14@gmail.com

Open weekends from the first full weekend in May through the last full weekend in October.

 

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

Docents are available for group tours most other days by appointment. 

 

Admission is free although donations are appreciated.


Office Hours
Monday - Friday
 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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July 15, 2017
  • Saturday Morning Coffee Hour 

    Saturday, July 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Enjoy a relaxing coffee break with friends of the Jefferson County Historical Society and learn more about what goes on at the Historical Village.  No charge.
     
     

  • Kathryn Harris Portrays Dress Maker to the First Lady
     
    Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m.
     
    Elizabeth Keckley, an African-American woman, was not only Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress but also her friend and confidante, both during and after Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Though previously a little-known figure, Keckley and her role in the Lincoln family’s life has gained public recognition in recent years because of her prominence in the movie Lincoln (2012) and the Journey II exhibition at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.
     
    Kathryn Harris, a regional historian, and retired library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will portray Elizabeth Keckley and tell her life story.
    Kathryn Harris

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July 25, 2017
  • Bicentennial Planning Mtg

    July 25, 2017, at 9:00  a.m.

    The Jefferson County Historical Society has been hosting preliminary meetings concerning the upcoming bicentennial of both Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County in 2019.

    Organizations involved to this point are the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Development.

    The next meeting will be July 25, 2017, at 9:00  a.m. at the Historical Village.  County-wide participation is encouraged.

August 12, 2017
  • Ice Cream Social

     

    Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     
    The Jefferson County Historical Society hosts the annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Historical Village. It will be held inside the air-conditioned Schweinfurth Museum.  Come and enjoy the combination of ice cream, homemade cake, drinks, and musical entertainment.

    Carry-outs will be available.  Tickets are $5.00

    Ice Cream Social

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August 19, 2017
  • Cyndee Schaffer - Mollie’s War

    Saturday, August 19th - 2 p.m.

    Mollie Weinstein Schaffer joined the military to serve our country during WWII. Her story documents the human side of life during the war. Her journey alternated between fear, romance, exhaustion, and leisure. Mollie frequently wrote home to tell about her experience and her sister saved all of her letters.

    Cyndee Schaffer is the daughter of Mollie Weinstein Schaffer. She published her mother’s letters in the book: Mollie’s War. Ms. Schaffer will present a program highlighting experiences of her mother in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII.

    Mollies War2

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