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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Events Calendar

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October 19, 2017
  • Monthly Board Meeting

    Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.

    Regular board meetings are held in the Schweinfurth Museum and are open to the public.

October 21, 2017
  • Saturday Morning Coffee Hour 

    Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    This is a chance to come and have a relaxing coffee break with friends.  Coffee, tea, and homemade pastries are provided along with good conversation. You will have the opportunity to get to know members of the Historical Society and learn what goes on behind the scenes of the Historical Village.  The Saturday Morning Coffee Hours are every third Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

November 04, 2017
  • Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, November 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

     

    "Experience what life was like after dark in a world lit only by fire: Candlelight, Campfire, Blacksmith's Forge."

    Enjoy an evening walk by candlelight.  The Jefferson County Historical Village walkways will be lined with candles.   Candles will also be lit in the buildings.   Some of the buildings will be opened with costumed interpreters.  The public will enjoy the village by candlelight then partake of gingerbread and cider in the Schweinfurth museum building at the end of the walk. 

November 11, 2017
  • Chris Lyons - The Berlin Wall

    Saturday, November 11th at 2 p.m.

    Chris Lyons offers a unique perspective on the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was a pilot for the United States Air Force in Germany during this symbolic time in world history.  Learn about the Berlin Wall - the technology, why it came to exist, and the circumstances under which it came down.
    Berlin Wall

November 16, 2017
  • Monthly Board Meeting

    Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.

    Regular board meetings are held in the Schweinfurth Museum and are open to the public.

November 18, 2017
  • Saturday Morning Coffee

    November 18th 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.

November 21, 2017
  • Chat Session

    Tuesday, November 21st at 1:00 p.m.

     
    Discussion Topic:  "The Townships of Rome and Grand Prairie”
     
    Refreshments will be served. Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell about, or just come to ask questions or listen.
     
    Everyone is invited to join Lucy Baker in this discussion.  Registration is not required.  Participants do not need to be a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society or a native of Jefferson County to attend.
     
    For more information or for questions, call the Historical Village office at (618) 246-0033.

December 03, 2017
  • Children’s Christmas Party

    Sunday, December 3rd - 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. 
    The cost is $5.00 per child.
     
    The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold a Children’s Christmas Party for children age 5 and up. Children will
    make Christmas crafts and snacks and play Christmas - themed games.Pre - registration is required. To register, call the JCHS office at 618 - 246 - 0033.  Space is limited to 15 children.
    Pre - registration is required. To register, call the JCHS office at 618 - 246 - 0033.  Space is limited to 15 children.

December 07, 2017
  • Chocolate Festival

    Thursday, December 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  $5.00 per person

    The Jefferson County Historical Society’s Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, bake sale, silent auction, and chocolate tasting.

    Contest categories include Cake, Candy, Cookies, Brownies, and Bread. Each category will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winner. The overall grand prize winner will receive $250.

    Click links for printable contest rules and entry form, or contact the Historical Society Office.

    A $5 ticket entitles guests to sample the entries.

    chocofest

     

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December 08, 2017
  • Model Train and Nativity Exhibits

    December 8th  from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    December 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

    Come experience this Christmas tradition and view this exhibit for a special holiday activity for the whole family. The model train exhibit will have running train sets with different gauges and village settings. Additional historical trains will be on display. Model trains will bring out the kid in all of us.

    The nativity exhibit will feature a variety of sets including vintage and contemporary collections. Several of the sets have been collected from around the world!

     

     

    train nativity

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