HCJ Mission: To proactively preserve our historic resources and create an environment that makes preservation a viable focus for the future of
Jefferson City.

Our Goal

The Historic City of Jefferson (HCJ), founded in 1983, strives to preserve the history of Jefferson City, while moving toward the future.  Our members learn to appreciate and share our history and work together to educate, advocate, and strive to prevent the loss of historical buildings.  Through the Oral History program, stories about “the old days” are gathered and saved.  As a member of the Historic City of Jefferson, you will enjoy many interesting, exciting programs and activities, including:

  • Annual Dinner Meeting
  • Educational Programs and Events
  • Golden Hammer Award
  • Full Color Quarterly Newsletter
  • Homes Tours
  • Notices about pertinent preservation issues





From the President…

Thanks to all who were involved in making our 12th Annual Homes Tour a success!  The rain did subside shortly after the tour started!  We have additional activities scheduled for October:  restaurant fundraiser at Chili’s on October 19 and a presentation about the founding soldiers of Lincoln University on October 24.  See the Events Page for more details and more events.

In the News…

Historic Preservation (Demolition) Ordinance:   On September 21, the City presented their revised version of this ordinance.  Many changes were introduced.  This will be reviewed again at the Historic Preservation Commission on October 10, and at the Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on October 12.  The document can be reviewed at http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning_and_protective_services.php.  Please send any comments to Eric Barron with Planning Protective Services and/or to members of the HPC and Planning and Zoning Committee.  This ordinance is intended to provide more protection for our historic buildings than we have now.

Residential Down Payment Program is still accepting applications for this assistance.  HCJ, through the HCJ Foundation, is providing up to $20,000 for this program till the end of October.  For more information, go to: http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/redevelopment_and_grants/neighborhood_reinvestment_act.php

East Capitol Avenue: The Jefferson City Housing Authority continues to monitor progress (or the lack of) in the East Capital Avenue blighted area.  Most of the homeowners have been working with the HA to refurbish their properties.  The one major property owner in that area has yet to comply.  Click on  http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning/index.php. to see the city-related documents.

Historic Southside/Old Munichburg District & Neighborhood Plan: http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning/index.php .


Upcoming Events

October 2, 2017
  • City Council Meeting - October 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Check the city website for the agenda and packet, www.jeffersoncitymo.gov.

    320 E McCarty St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

October 3, 2017
  • Jefferson City Underfoot - October 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Hmmm...does this tempt your interest and historical curiosity? The Cole County Historical Society is hosting a presentation by Mike Kisling and Chris Heimsoth about Civil War Finds and Relics that they have uncovered. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the CCHC website (www.colecountyhistoricalmuseum.org) or call 573-635-1850.

    CCHS Courtyard, 109 Madison Street, Jefferson City

Thomas Lawson Price Society

The Thomas Lawson Price Society (TLP) is a special group within HCJ, named after the first Mayor of Jefferson City

Golden Hammer Award

The Golden Hammer Award recognizes those in our community who are restoring our historic structures.

HCJ Foundation

The Foundation exists to preserve an individual’s own personal interest in the historic significance that this community offers.