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:   The latest revision of this ordinance will be presented to the public on November 9th at the 5:15 pm Planning & Zoning meeting.  The final scheduled public hearing will take place at the City Council meeting on December 18. The document can be reviewed at http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning_and_protective_services.php.  Please email your comments to JCPlanning@jeffcitymo.org with the subject line “Proposed Demolition Ordinance” before November 9.

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 22, 2017
  • Dunklin Open House - October 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Open House! HCJ recently received the donation of this property from Sam and Linda Bushman. We plan to start renovating this very soon, but thought you'd like to see the "before" prior to us getting started! Come and take a look!

    224 E Dunklin St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

October 24, 2017
  • Finding the Founders: A search for soldiers of the 62nd USCT - October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Michelle Brooks, currently the editor of the California Democrat, will present her research about the 62nd Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops. "In a remote corner of the city's historic cemetery stood a few white markers, denoting they were soldiers in the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry, the regiment that founded Lincoln University - only a few blocks away. But did anyone else know they were buried there? Turns out, several additional soldiers from the 62nd also are buried in the same place, but without any marker remaining. Who were these men, beyond the group that founded an institute in 1866 to help educate freed blacks?" Come and learn about these interesting stories.

    Lincoln University - Page Library - Lloyd Gaines Ethnic Studies Reading Room, #317

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.