Evergreen Mountain Area Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect the history of the Evergreen mountain area communities in Jefferson County.
EMAHS members contribute their time and financial support to collect, preserve and interpret local history, ensuring a legacy that enriches the lives of present and future generations.
Founded in 1973, the Jefferson County Historical Society's (JCHS) first major effort was to successfully encourage Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) to purchase the structures known as Hiwan Homestead Museum. Hiwan Homestead Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and now features a significant Native American arts collection. In March 2018 JCHS changed our name to Evergreen Mountain Area Historical Society (EMAHS). In addition EMAHS offers an authentic experience in a 1920's one-room schoolhouse at Medlen School on South Turkey Creek Road. Now owned by EMAHS, Medlen was built in 1886, has been restored to its original structure. It too was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Diane Fuchs, Past President of the Evergreen the Mountain Area Historical Society
I became a member of EMAHS (JCHS) in 2002 when I began volunteering at the Hiwan Museum as an educator and docent. It wasn't until 2006, when I became the president of the organization, did I come to understand the impact this historical society has had on the Evergreen community since 1973.
"The Society" played a critical roll in saving the Hiwan Homestead as well as the land surrounding it. Members of "The Society" encouraged the newly established Jefferson County Open Space to purchase the beautiful and historic log structure known as the Hiwan Homestead. A few years later in 1976 the Evergreen Community bought the land, "The Grove", around the Hiwan Museum to save it from development into condominiums and gave it to "The Society" as a 501c3 to manage and to continue to preserve and protect our community's history. In the late 1990s, "The Society" was given one of the few remaining one-room school houses in Jefferson County. With a phenomenal amount of effort by our members, the school was restored to it's original condition and has been used for the past 12 years for our "Medlen School Program".
Being a former history teacher, I still volunteer as a teacher in the programs and just delight in seeing children really enjoy our history programs. I certainly believe this is one of the finest organizations I have been fortunate to be a part of in my many years of volunteerism.