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Missouri State Penitentiary Preservation Fund


Please consider making a monetary donation to the Missouri State Penitentiary Preservation Fund to ensure this historic landmark will continue to be an educational destination for those from all over the world. Every donation received will be dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the property. You can choose to support one of our current projects, or give to our general preservation fund.

The Missouri State Penitentiary Preservation Fund has been set up by the Discover Jefferson City Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that works cooperatively with the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau and assists with tourist projects.

Housing Unit 4

Housing Unit 4, also known as A-Hall, was completed in 1868. In May 2019, an F3 tornado tore through parts of the MSP complex. Housing Unit 4’s roof was severely damaged, among other parts of the property. Support the preservation of one of the oldest standing buildings on the property by donating to this project today.

Through your generous contributions, a roof will be added to this structure to secure the future of this historically significant building.

General Preservation Fund

Help us continue to preserve the Missouri State Penitentiary for future generations through a donation to our General Preservation Fund. Your contributions will support the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, some dating back to the 1800s. Give today and assist us in keeping our history “Inside the Walls” alive.

The MSP Walls

“The Walls” at the Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest standing architectural features in Jefferson City. Sections of the wall are estimated to have been built between 1833 and 1835, just prior to the prisons opening in 1836. Approximately 20 years ago, reports noted structural issues with the walls; however, funding was not available to do the necessary repairs. Further damage was caused by the May 2019 F3 tornado, which ripped through the Capitol Avenue Historic District. The tornado resulted in the collapse of many sections around the property.

Amazon Smile

Through Amazon Smile, you can donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Missouri State Penitentiary Preservation Fund through Discover Jefferson City. Click the link below to support our fund with your Amazon purchases. 

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, you can send your payment to:

Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Attn: Discover Jefferson City Foundation
700 E. Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101
Please make checks payable to the Discover Jefferson City Foundation.

The Discover Jefferson City Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization.
Donation receipts will be sent to all those who contribute to the fund.

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