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…

Important dates for a preservation issue:

–April 19, 5:30 pm, City Council Chambers:  information question and answer session about the application to designate a section of East McCarty, Lafayette, and School Street as a Local Historic District, known as “The School Street Historic District.”

–May 1, 6 pm, City Council Chambers:  The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss and vote whether to accept application for The School Street Historic District. If accepted, this area would be the first official Local Historic District in Jefferson City, with certain rights and protections associated with it.

Both meetings are open to the public – please attend! 


The Jefferson City Housing Authority expects a ruling about the 3 properties in the Capital Avenue historic district that have fallen under Eminent Domain – all legal steps have been taken so these properties are expected to be turned over to the HA to start the rehabilitation process. 


Stay involved in preserving Jefferson City’s past!


Upcoming Events

April 21, 2018
  • Cemetery Walk - April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    The Historic City of Jefferson will partner with the Cemetery Resources Board for this event to raise money for much needed repairs to tombstones and graves in the Old City Cemetery. From 10 am to 1 pm, Re-enactors will enlighten us with stories of some of the prominent residents buried here. Donations can be made to the Historic City of Jefferson, marked for the Old City Cemetery. In case of rain, the event will be held the next day. This event is free and open to the public.

    Old City Cemetery on McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO

  • Heisinger Bluffs History - April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Ron Freiburghaus, with Lutheran Senior Services, will talk about the history of Heisinger Bluffs.  Come and learn about how several Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches fulfilled the wishes of Mr. and Mrs. Heisinger's estate to create the Heisinger Bluffs Retirement Center.  This includes information about the history of the land in that location, as well.  This event will be held in the Heisinger Bluffs Media Room, 1002 West Main Street - Jefferson City. For more information, contact Heisinger Bluffs at 573-636-6288.

    Heisinger Bluffs Senior Living Community, 1002 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109, 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.