1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-246-0033

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


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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The Jefferson County Historical Society, Historical Village, and Schweinfurth Museum are managed by a twenty-member board of directors.  Board membership for 2018 is shown below.


President Kirby Dixon
Vice-President Sharon Francois
Secretary Linda Duncan
Treasurer Larry Periman

Board members

Kathleen McMurrin Joe Ashbrook Sid Milliner Jack White
Lowell Williams Carol Ritchey Lucille White Tom Newton
Brian Burwell Marge Wallace Howard Christ Lucy Baker
Bob Pemberton
John Warren Belinda Charleton Nancy Sodders

Community Relations Specialist

Dana Uhls

Office Assistant

Janice Guymon


Lowell "Stoney" Williams


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.



We invite you to become a part of preserving the county’s history with your support and membership in the society.  Members have access to the Newsletter archives and the Member Calendar on this website.  Click the Join Now button on the Home page and follow the links or

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+

The membership year begins the month of your enrollment. 

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your annual dues are 100% tax deductible.


The Jeffersonian is the society newsletter. Published quarterly, it keeps members informed about the activities of the society and the schedule of coming events.  It also contains interesting articles relating to the local history.

Archived newsletters are available to logged-in members.


Quarterly meetings of the society are held on the second Tuesday of March, June, September and December.  All members and guests are invited to a meal prepared and served by society members.  A history related program is presented following the dinner.

Board members and officers for the following year are elected at the December Annual Meeting.


Every third Saturday at 10:00 am, the Saturday Morning Coffee Hour is a good time to meet members of the organization, learn a little more about the society, village and museum, and just enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious home-made pastry of the makers choice.  Seconds are as good as the first.


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.  Topic to be discussed is listed in the event notification.  The sessions are recorded for the society’s archives.



Volunteers operate and maintain the village with the help of three part time employees.  A wide variety of opportunities is available including supporting fundraisers, conducting tours, demonstrating a craft, organizing files and stored items, visiting other villages and museums for new ideas, maintaining and improving the grounds and buildings, and building plans for the future of the past.

Volunteers Benefits


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 or e-mail and let us know.