Jefferson Historical Society

PO Box 143
Jefferson, New York 12093

Kevin Berner, President -

Jefferson Historical Society


The Jefferson Historical Society is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the connections between the history and lives that we find in our community. Historically a rural community, only an hour outside of the Albany-Capital District, we are located in the Southwest corner of Schoharie County in the scenic Catskill Mountains. Our home location, the restored Judd Hall (the former Masonic Hall) and Maple Museum, is located ten minutes off of I-88 from Exit 20 and continuing on NY-10 S (or Exit 16 if you’re coming from Oneonta).

Restoring the Maple Museum and Judd Hall for public events has grounded us in our work to keep history alive. The concerts and programs we present in these buildings bring to life the experiences that people in Jefferson have enjoyed for nearly 200 years. Upstairs in Judd Hall is the Nicholas J. Juried Museum of Jefferson History, which displays photographs of people, places, and events in the town’s history. The digitized portion of our archive of photos and other ephemera will be made available for researchers through our collections on New York Heritage. If you have any questions about any of our digital or physical items, please reach out to us with the contact information listed on the landing page.

This digital collection was made possible by the Jefferson Historical Society and funded by the Burghard Family Memorial Fund (Rosemarie Burghard-Pelatti, Fund Principal). Contributions from Kevin Berner, Stephanie Ruquet, John Ruquet, and the researchers and donors of the historical society have also made this project possible.

Jefferson Historical Society is a member of the Capital District Library Council.


Color portrait photograph of couple in dressy clothing

Photographs related to the Danforth family of Jefferson, New York. 

New York Heritage Logo in Greyscale

Photographs related to the George W. Harris Family of Jefferson, New York.