JSHM Projects

Making it better

The JSHM has multiple projects under way to make the experience at the Museum better.  Listed below are those projects in progress today.  

Making it Accessible to All Project

The JHSM was constructed in  1888 - 1890 as a Federal Courthouse and Post Office in Jefferson, Texas. In 1961 the building was closed by the Federal Government.  The Jefferson Historical Society purchased the building in 1965 to serve as a home for the museum.


We realize that many people cannot access the museum due to the numerous steps and small doors.  BUT changes are coming. Fund raising is in progress to finance an elevator and entrance ramp for the Old Red Federal Courthouse.     


On Saturday, April 21, 2018, a Fund Raising Kick-off was held in the Museum Courtyard.  Watch the front lawn for the tracking thermometer pictured to the left.  

Plaster and Paint Project

After the elevator is installed, our almost 200 year old building will need new plaster and paint.  This project is included in the funding raising effort.  

Digitalizing the collections

Currently the collections housed in the Museum are being entered  in a digital catalogue. This will allow patrons to locate information and objects with a few strokes of a keyboard.

We have a Story to Tell

The history of Jefferson is a fasinaating story which JHSM will tell in a new exhibit.  It covers from the Steamboar days  to bust to the B & B captial of Texas.  We are currently in a fund raising campaign for the Elevator, Paint & Plaster and Exhibit projects. 

Check out the Gift Shop

New items have arrived in the JHSM Gift Shop.  There are mugs, magnets and post cards which features the Historical Map of old Jefferson.