Located on Main Street, the History Center contains 8 galleries totaling 9,000 square feet of exhibit space, a research library, gift shop and staff offices. Over 4,500 people visited the center during 2012 to view the exhibits, enjoy public programming or conduct various forms of research. The quality, expertise and care that is incorporated into this small organization’s exhibits and projects is exemplified by the recognition of being the recipient of two Awards of Merit (2007 and 2010) and two H.K. Stevens Memorial awards (2009 and 2011) from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations, and two Awards of Merit (2008 and 2011) from the American Association of State and Local History.
The JCHS collects artifacts, photographs, documents, and books related to the history of this rural county ranging from prehistoric times to the present. Documented items in our collections currently number 16,246 and include 2281 books; 4444 documents; 4669 objects; and 4852 photographs. The Society also archives county tax records and makes them available to researchers.
Our purpose is to engage people of all ages in the history of Jefferson County. We collect and care for relevant objects, images and documents and we invite county residents and visitors to research our materials, interact with our exhibits, take part in our programs and read our publications, in order to encourage an understanding of our past and present and a vision for the future.