The Jackson Heritage Association

Mission Statement

  1. To function as an historical club;
  2. To conduct a civic organization for the common benefit of the members and the community;
  3. To develop, locate, preserve, acquire, maintain and manage real and personal property in the Jackson, Missouri area for the benefit of the community and future generations;
  4. Promote respect and an appreciation for historical buildings, landmarks, places and things.

Our History

We are a not-for-profit corporation organized in 1977 by a group of citizens interested in historic preservation. The Association organized to accept responsibility for completing the restoration of the Oliver House Museum. The Jackson Industrial Development Corporation transferred the deed to us in 1976. Completing restoration tasks included repairing windows and fireplaces, and replacing fallen plaster.

By 1981, we opened a portion of the house for tours by sponsoring a Christmas tour with only the parlor completely renovated and furnished. This was done to acquaint the local citizens with the project so they could see what had been accomplished by volunteer labor and the amount of work still needed to complete the restoration.

Just as the early members of the Association labored to insure a sturdy foundation for the Oliver House, the present membership is working to insure its future by expanding the endowment fund and increasing community awareness. Even though the Oliver House Museum is our highest priority, other projects have been undertaken in the researching and recording of Jackson's history with the Jackson History Book, and the collection, identification, and preservation of old Jackson pictures and photographs.

Membership in the Association is open to anyone interested in the preservation of our local heritage. Annual dues are $10 per year per person. Checks can be mailed to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 352, Jackson, MO, 63755.

The 2002 Officers are:

The 2002 Board of Directors are: