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The biennial Madison in Bloom event.



Youth at the History Center



Who we 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 nominal fee.

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 created by 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.

How to join...

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.

Membership Subscription
Membership Subscription Levels

Thomas Jefferson Circle - $1,000
William Henry Harrison Circle - $500
Drusilla Cravens Circle - $250
John Paul Circle - $100
Sustaining Membership - $50
Famly Membership - $35
Individual Membership - $25

Board of Directors

Linda Roaks, President
Mike Moore, Vice President
Carole Hanson, Secretary
Joyce Perkins, Treasurer
Tammy Carnes
Charlie Gilles
Diana Hand
Barbara Kiffmeyer
Diane Munier
J. Michael Raley
Tony Steinhardt
Frank Taff
Pam Zehren