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Holiday Hours

The Jackson County Historical Society will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1.  In addition, we are closing early at 1:30 on Friday, December 8. We hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Published December 4, 2023

Closing Early October 19

The Jackson County Historical Society will be closing at 1:30 on Thursday, October 19. We will be back to normal hours the next day.  

Published October 18, 2023

We're Hiring!

The Jackson County Historical Society seeks a part-time contract collections assistant to inventory a portion of the institution’s textile collections. If you're interested in history and historic clothing, this is the job for you! Description is available here.  


Published August 4, 2023

JCHS Summerfest Activities

The Jackson County Historical Society will be holding an Open House for the museum on Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 9:00 in the morning to noon. Participants in Jackson County Central's History Day program will be showcasing their exhibits from this year's competition. 

Additionally, with this being the final Summerfest before the school is torn down, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to collect some oral histories from folks about their experiences at the school. Too often, we don't have the chance to share our own stories and become a part of history, and this project gives people the ability to do that and enables us to preserve the school for future generations although the building won't be there anymore.

So, whether you're a Panther, Silver Bullet, or Husky, we invite you to come in throughout the week and sit down for an oral history interview. We expect each interview to take about 20-30 minutes, but we will certainly let the film continue running if there are more stories to be told. The interviews will be sound recorded and held for posterity's sake at JCHS. Down the line, it's possible we would transcribe them so researchers could read them or even incorporate them into a future exhibit. Hours are 9:30-4:00 Monday through Friday. Stop on by and help memorialize your former school!

Published June 9, 2023

Closed for Memorial Day

The Jackson County Historical Society will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day as well as Tuesday, May 30 for museum staff to attend a museum workshop in Saint Peter. 

Published May 24, 2023

We're Hiring!

Are you passionate about history and eager to share it with others? Do you have a keen eye for detail and a knack for organization? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Museum Assistant at the Jackson County Historical Society. For additional information, please refer to the job description at this link.


Published May 24, 2023

March 1: Library Addresses on Nonpartisan League

Come check out Museum Director Nick Riordan's presentation this Wednesday covering the Nonpartisan League and its presence in Jackson County at the onset of World War I. From angry farmers demanding political change to charges of sedition and even a parrot inciting an angry mob, come learn about Jackson County's most prominent event in terms of shaping national politics. Please see flyer for more details.

Published February 27, 2023

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Annual Meeting January 21

The Jackson County Historical Society is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 2:00 PM, with a make-up date for the 28th. The agenda includes the board elections, a recap of 2022 at JCHS, a brief tour showcasing our progress on the new space, and a guest speaker presentation by Bob Svoboda. Svoboda, a longtime member of JCHS and a lifelong resident of Jackson County, will provide a presentation titled "Growing Up in the Great Depression and World War II," sharing his insights and experiences living in Jackson County for the past ninety  years. We are confident it will be both informative and engaging for our audience.   Light refreshments will also be provided. 

Published January 16, 2023

We're Hiring!

The Jackson County Historical Society seeks 2 part-time contract collections assistants to inventory a portion of the institution’s 3D artifact collections. The job description is available here.

Published July 19, 2022

JCHS Awarded Grant

The Jackson County Historical Society is excited to announce the receipt of a grant through the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant program.  This grant will fund the first phase of a collections inventory. This first phase will cover materials set to be transferred from our current back storage room to storage in the new addition. This will provide better organization of the museum collections, allowing for greater public access to the community's historic resources. 

Published July 19, 2022

Highway 86 Construction Information

With winter behind us, the Jackson County Historical Society is well into Minnesota's second season: road construction. Last week, work began on State Highway 86 construction in Lakefield that will, among other things, replace utilities and provide greater ADA accessibility for pedestrians along the roadway. As we're located right along Highway 86, this construction will affect access to the museum. Highway 86 will be closed to thru traffic in Lakefield, but access will be maintained for local businesses; click here for information on detours. The Jackson County Historical Society will remain open for the duration of this project, which is slated to be completed in November. The hope is that this does not affect our day-to-day operations too much, and we appreciate your continued support throughout this construction project.

History Day Exhibit Available Online

As requested at the annual meeting, last year's award-winning History Day virtual exhibit by Hope Rubitschung and Taryn Lessman is now available for online viewing. The exhibit, which examines the use of native languages in Native American boarding schools and their role in creating unbreakable codes for the United States military, won the statewide senior competition in Spring 2021 and earned the duo a spot in the National History Day competition.

"A code within a code": the code talkers

Notes from the Annual Meeting

The Jackson County Historical Society held its annual meeting on Saturday, January 22nd. The meeting, attended by 28 members of the Jackson County Historical Society and the broader community, began with the Board of Directors election.  Rose Schultz was elected for a three-year term, while Sherry Schoewe and Darrell Nissen were both reelected. 

Museum Director Nick Riordan provided a brief overview of the happenings of JCHS during 2021 and outlined some future plans. Next came a presentation on the History Day program at JCC High School by advisor Angela Beckel with students Hope Rubitschung and Juleah Brinks. Tom Sanders, the former site manager at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, presented on the site's history and indigenous-based research at the site to conclude the evening.

Annual Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the recent snowstorm, the Jackson County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 22nd at 2:00 PM.  The agenda includes the board election, a recap of 2021 at JCHS, and a guest speaker presentation by Tom Sanders. Sanders, the site manager at the Jeffers Petroglyphs from 1998 to 2016, will present on the site's history, showcase rock art from the petroglyphs,  and discuss the indigenous-based research being conducted there. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Annual Meeting Set

The Jackson County Historical Society is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 PM, with a make-up date for the 22nd. The agenda includes the board election, a recap of 2021 at JCHS, and a guest speaker presentation by Tom Sanders. Sanders, the site manager at the Jeffers Petroglyphs from 1998 to 2016, will present on the site's history, showcase rock art from the petroglyphs,  and discuss the indigenous-based research being conducted there. Light refreshments will be provided. 

JCHS Awarded Grant

The Jackson County Historical Society is excited to announce the receipt of a grant through the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant program.  This grant will cover the funds for a General Conservation Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan. This assessment, which was conducted in October by conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, will help us determine the best use for our facilities and devise a plan for conducting a comprehensive inventory of our collections. Generally, this assessment functions as the first step in helping museums determine which projects to prioritize and inform which grants we want to pursue going forward.

COVID-19 Collection

Part of our mission is to record the history of Jackson County, Minnesota as it is happening. To that end, we are asking for your help. We want to hear your stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your life. If anything, this ongoing pandemic has demonstrated that we experience history every day, and documenting your experience for posterity will paint a clearer picture for future generations. Please use these questions to get your thinking started, and then send us your thoughts. Thank you!

Guide to Writing a Personal Recollection

We're also collecting relevant artifacts, such as photographs, signs, and masks of different types.