Who we are...click here to find out
What we do...see below
Collections, research library & archives - We
maintain a collections department, a research library and archives
that together house over 100,000 items. These artifacts,
documents, photographs and oral histories help to define the
rich history of Jefferson County.
Education - This is a very important part or our
mission. Through creative and engaging programs we educate
young people about the history of their community. We
offer a summer history camp and in-school programs as well as an
annual internship opportunity.
We also have a "school room" and "general store" in which kids can
have a hands-on experience.
Sharing stories - Through the 35 facinating
exhibits in our large, permanent, museum gallery and our restored
railroad station, with its informative displays on early railroad
history, we share the stories of Jefferson counties history.
Community outreach - We offer annual programs like
our free student art show with over 400 works of local student art.
We also offer the use of our facility to local organizations for a
Programs and lectures - Throughout the year we
offer free talks open to the community. We also present special
exhibits such as our recent quilt show that displayed over 100 quilts
local quilter Margie Weber.
Madison in Bloom - One of the most popular biennial
events that we have offred for 27 years is
Madison in Bloom. This fun event is offerd for two-weekends and
showcases private gardens of homes in the historic district and draws more than 1,000
people to the area.
New - Southern Indiana Folk School - Experence
actually making Traduitional Crafts! The school is located in the
lower level of our main building and offers basket making ,weaving,
spinning and many other tradional crafts.
How we are funded...
The History Center is owned and operated by the Jefferson County
Historical Society which is a 501c3 non-profit. We are supported by
donations, membership dues, grants, entrance fees, space rentals and
programs like Madison in Bloom. We are not funded annually
by any federal, state, county or city agencies.
The best way to join is to stop by the History Center so we may
introduce ourselves and the center to you. You may also write
or call us at the address or phone number below. Or you may use the
secure PayPal program by choosing a membership level and clicking
the "Subscribe" icon. Thank you very much.