1859 Jail Adopt a Window

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1859 Jail Adopt a Window

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The Jackson County Historical Society (JCHS) is appealing to local businesses and residents for assistance in restoring the seven windows that face Main Street at the 1859 Jail Museum. 2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of the 1859 Jail becoming a museum, and marks 160 years since construction began on the Jail. Donors are asked to consider adopting one or more windows at the 1859 Jail Museum in honor of historic preservation. The average cost is $3500 for one completely restored window. Donations made at $1000 or above will receive recognition on a commemorative gold plaque, but any amount you can contribute will help JCHS reach our goal!
In 2018, JCHS entered into a contract with STRATA Architecture + Preservation to complete a historic structure report for the 1859 Jail building. We are currently in the first phase of our restoration, which is to restore the west facing windows, masonry repairs on the chimney and load bearing walls, and plaster repairs. The Sunderland Foundation in Kansas City awarded JCHS with a $75,000 grant to begin the repairs, and we are fervently working to raise funds for the next phase of work.
JCHS saved the building from demolition in 1958 and opened as a museum on June 28th, 1959. The 1859 Jail Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and continues to operate as one of the earliest museums in Independence. To date, JCHS replaced the roof and one of the three HVAC systems at the 1859 Jail Museum.
We hope you will consider making a special gift to help restore the windows or contribute to the additional work that needs to be done to preserve the 1859 Jail Museum for the next 160 years!

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