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…

Progress with certain blighted properties in the Capital Avenue area is stalled – Judge Dan Green delayed a decision regarding 101 and 105 indefinitely, which are subject to eminent domain in order to renovate them.  No court date has been set.  In the meantime, these very important historic structures are allowed to further deteriorate.  The Jefferson City Housing Authority is discussing the next group of homes to try to obtain.

The application for the School Street Local Historic District was accepted for its historical significance and design elements by the Historic Preservation Commission on May 1.  The application will now come before the Planning & Zoning Commission, possibly at their May 10 meeting (5:15 pm), for further design review.  If accepted, the application will come before the City Council for final review and a vote.  This area is almost all that is left of a thriving black community, hit hard by Urban Renewal and the Lafayette Street Interchange project at the “foot” of Lincoln University. 

Stay involved in preserving Jefferson City’s past!


Upcoming Events

May 21, 2018
  • City Council Meeting - May 21, 2018 @ 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

May 22, 2018
  • Bob Priddy tour of the Capitol - May 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Join us at the Capitol for a guided tour by local historian and author, Bob Priddy. He will lead us on a tour with narratives about various areas, artwork, and less public places in our State Capitol. 

    Meet at the tour guide desk, wearing comfortable shoes, about 2:45 pm.  No reservation is needed and this event is open to the public.  Contact hcjprez@gmail.com with questions.

    Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

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.