Museum - Non-Profit
Who are we?
The Jackson County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the written, oral, and physical legacy of this county. We do this by maintaining physical collections and promoting the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history.
The History of Celebrating History
Our roots can be traced to 1909 when a group of citizens interested in history first started meeting. In 1940 the group formally organized and in 1958 officially incorporated as The Jackson County Historical Society to celebrate our rich, unique story. Their first order of business was to save the 1859 Jail in Independence.
More Than a “Society”
Our physical archives, research library, and bookstore are located in the Truman Courthouse on the historic Independence Square. The Jackson County Historical Society also maintains the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home Museum where Frank James and William Clarke Quantrill were incarcerated.