Last updated: 1/5/2012
Murray, Kentucky
Street Address
Forrest C. Pogue Library
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 223
Mayfield, KY 42066
Monday - Friday8 AM - 4:30 PM

Regional historical society that encompasses Southwest Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee.


The Jackson Purchase Historical Society shall have as its purpose, within the region encompassing all the territory in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818: (a) to promote interest and study in regional history; (b) to help preserve historical facts, memorabilia, and general heritage of this region; (c) to improve public understanding and appreciation for this area by participation in observances and dedications of local historical significance; and (d) to act as a resource for educational institutions. (taken from the Jackson Purchase Historical Society Constitution)


The Society was formally established on November 28, 1958 at the Collegiate Restaurant on West Main Street in Murray, Kentucky. In June of 1973, the first issue of the "Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society" was published and distributed to its members. The Society now meets four times a year ? Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Artifact Collections

Published and printed regional and county histories, manuscript materials, oral histories and other significantly unique items realted to the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky and Tennessee.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No


Quarterly online newsletters and published annual journal.

  • Jackson Purchase Historical Society Journal
  • JPHS Newsletter
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