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In this video you will meet three generations of the Bonacker and Weber families, descendents of early homesteaders, share their experience of and quiet pride in the land they have farmed for over 100 years. They speak of the vicarious nature of farming, and how each generation has worked to preserve the land and hand it on to the next.

If you would like a copy, it is $10 for the DVD, and it can be purchased at the Northwest Branch or ordered and picked up at Arnold or Windsor Branch. You can have it mailed direct to you for an additional $2.29 postage. Cash or check only.

Learn what it was like to teach and learn in a one room school. Experience the reorganization of Jefferson County schools from the point of view of students, teachers and administrators. Ride along with students on the long bus trips to their new schools. Witness the fist steps in the journey from segregated to integrated public education. Discover how all of these changes played out in Jefferson County.

Video produced by JCTV. Major funding was provided by a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) Grant, made available through the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and administered by the Missouri State Library, with additional funding from Jefferson College and Jefferson County Library.

This movie was produced for the Jefferson County Library by the production staff of Jefferson College in conjunction with the Arnold Historical Society.

Mack Marsden Murder Mystery

Joe Johnston, author of The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Justice or Vigilantism? presented a talk on July 13, 2018 about the events that led to the death of the son of a pioneer Jefferson County resident accused of hog theft, arson, and murder. The lecture was part of the Jefferson County Library Genealogy Department Bicentennial Speaker Series.

Jefferson County

Bicentennial History

Dr. Stephen Huss, Ph.D. presented a lecture on the history of Jefferson County, Missouri as part of the Jefferson County Library Genealogy Department Bicentennial Speaker Series during the summer of 2018.

The Civil War

in Jefferson County

The Civil War in Jefferson County, Missouri explored the effects of the war on the local citizens whose divided loyalty turned neighbor against neighbor and family against family. The two skits included "The Arrest of Mollie Rudder" and "The Sullivan Ballou Letter." The presentation was part of a local genealogy series offered by the JCL Genealogy Department.