What is The Lillian E. Jones Museum?
Opened in 1995, the Lillian E. Jones Museum is a resource for the entire Jackson County community fulfilling Miss Jones’ dream of an historical, cultural and educational museum in her family’s former home in loving memory of her parents Edwin and Lola Williams Jones.
Currently, the Jones Museum offers at least four themed exhibits inside the main building, while also maintaining a large and eclectic permanent collection that includes:
- a vast number of rare items and photographs collected by Miss Jones during her travels in the 1950s and 1960s;
- sculpture and research materials from internationally acclaimed artist Fletcher Benton, who was a family friend of Miss Jones;
- hundreds of bound volumes of all the different Jackson newspapers from the late 1890s to 1992;
- more than 80 hard copies of Jackson High School yearbooks, the Osky Wow, from 1912-1991 and digitized versions of the Osky Wow from 1912-2016;
- remarkable items from the Jones family’s industrial past including Globe Iron, DT&I, Crown Pipe&Foundry and the Cambrian Hotel along with large portraits and photographs of family members.
Since the opening of the Jones Museum, local individuals and former residents have donated treasured items and photographs of Jackson’s past that are regularly used in exhibits. The museum is often used by local groups for small special events and group meetings.
The main museum building was a home built in 1867 by Horace Chapman, founder of the National Bank. The Jones family purchased the home in 1921 and remodeled using architect Frank Packard, who had worked with Edwin Jones in the building of the Cambrian Hotel in 1900. Both Chapman and Edwin Jones were candidates for Ohio Governor in the early 1900s.
The museum is by ordinance a part of the City of Jackson and is overseen by the seven-member Jackson City Museum board. Three of the members are chosen by the Mayor of Jackson and the other four are chosen by current board members.
Current Museum Board members are President Alana Billman; Vice-President Amanda Crabtree; Secretary Mike Morgan; Treasurer Brian Moore and members Joe Finch, Kathy Miller and Naomi Worthington.
Regular meetings of the Jackson City Museum Board of Trustees are the first Monday of each month at the Jones Museum.