Here's just a sample of what you can expect to find when you visit the Jackson County Historical Society:
Evelyn Kroupa Williams Rural Schools Project
This rural schools exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Evelyn Kroupa Williams (1917 - 2015), a lifelong resident of Jackson County who attended and taught in rural schools in the county, and to all who taught in these schools. The exhibit represents our attempt to highlight the importance of and capture the experiences of the vast rural school system in Jackson County. At these schools, valuable lessons were learned, and longtime friendships were forged based on these common experiences.
Of the 135 school districts that once existed in Jackson County, JCHS has about 90 represented in photographs. The effort to find information, photographs, artifacts, and stories that represent these schools and their time in history will be ongoing; please contact JCHS if you or your family can help!
"Chesapeake of the Midwest"
Several towns in Jackson County, like many in the United States, have a "Main Street" running through their center. Often, this single road would be the artery to the beating heart of our communities, featuring its most prominent businesses and serving as an important place for social interaction. Our Main Street exhibit celebrates these hubs of activity and the history they hold. It includes a store displaying the evolution of wedding dresses, post office boxes from the old Wilder Post Office, materials from the site of two bank robberies in the 1930s, and more.