Yearly Programs

Poster Night

To promote the history of Jefferson County, foster community relations and participation, Jefferson County Historical Association in partnership with Bishop John King Mussio Jr High invites you to the 8th grade students’ Poster Night at the Museum in March. For two weeks students worked on creating a poster representing items they observed on their visit to the museum. To view an individual’s poster, take note, it will be displayed corresponding to the day student visited the museum. Example: If student visited on Tuesday their poster will be displayed Tuesday night. Bring your student, family, friends to view posters, tour the museum, meet others in the community and other parents. Communication is a good thing! Cookies and punch will be available.

Essay Contest

JCHA’s annual essay competition is for a $200.00 scholarship to be awarded to a Jefferson County graduating high school senior.

Established basic criteria for the award follows:

  • It must be a historical essay relating to Jefferson County.
  • It must be about a site, person or event occurring more than 50 years ago.
  • It should not be greater than 500 words nor less than 300. Typed preferred.
  • The essays will be reviewed by Tri State Writers Society members.
  • The top three essays will be submitted to the JCHA board of directors who will select the winner.
  • Final date to received entries is 15 April 2015. Any received after this date will be disqualified.
  • Family members or friends of JCHA – TSWS, school staff are not eligible

The winner will be presented check by JCHA president at school’s award ceremony. Whatever policy/criteria your district subscribes to in awarding scholarships (GPA average, financial need, etc,) will be the standard JCHA accepts for your school. The 2014 winner: Todd Yater, Buckeye Local, for his essay The Flagging Block.

Halloween Night

Murder at the museum, a thought one must keep in mind when wandering from room to room in the blackness of the Jefferson County Historical Association 1919 mansion. The Halloween flashlight tour of the museum invokes, some say, the spirits of the poor souls who were placed in the basement of the mansion after they drowned in the 1936 flood. The cellar was the only cool location to preserve the bodies until burial. Visitors claim to see, red-eyed bats, body parts, deranged clowns, flesh-eating ghouls, a skeletal bride dressed in a black gown, and some are touched by unseen hands. Tri State Writers Society will hold it’s 3rd annual Halloween gathering 22 Oct. with dress theme of roaring twenties. There will be a open house for Halloween for public last week in Oct.  Check for dates and details.