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 time to save these structures is NOW!


May 1, 6 pm, City Council chambers – The application for the School Street Local Historic District will be presented at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on May 1 – this is a public hearing where citizens can testify or send comments.  If approved, the application goes to the Planning & Zoning Commission before coming to the City Council.  This would be the first Local Historic District in Jefferson City.  These meetings are open to the public.

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.