Jefferson Historical Society & Museum
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Our beautiful building has stood at the corner of West Austin and North Market Streets since 1890. She has withstood fire and flood, lightning and abandonment, and still she stands tall. Our historic red structure originally was home to a Federal Courthouse and Post Office, and since 1966 has been occupied by the Jefferson Historical Museum. A familiar sight to anyone who has been a resident or visitor to Jefferson, this landmark has been preserved and maintained by countless numbers of people in years past who have helped with their time and money. Now we must ask for that help once again.
The Museum's Board of Directors has recognized for years the need to update the building to be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We also desire to enhance our museum visitors' experience by providing a more comprehensive narrative of Jefferson's history, especially as applied to her importance as a river port and commerical center in the 19th century. As popular as our museum is, we recognize the need to sometimes change the way we present our exhibits to be more appealing.
This will be a large undertaking, both financially and physically. We have begun the process by hiring a preservation architect to evaluate our building and to make recommendations to make it fully compliant with ADA accessible regulations. So far, we have received two generous grants from local foundations, but we are under no misconception about the distance we still have to go. But to quote from the past, "If not now, when? If not us, who?" We will explore any and all ways to accomplish our goals that have been outlined here. But for now, it starts with our friends, our members, our visitors, and our fellow citizens. And today, it starts with you.
The Jefferson Historical Society and Museum is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit corporation.
Please make your contributions payable to:
Jefferson Historical Museum Building Fund
233 West Austin Street
Jefferson, Texas 75657