The Clinton County Historical Society maintains a museum and library dedicated to the history of Clinton County, Iowa. Our premise is to preserve the history of Clinton County for the children of the county.
The museum building is a historical landmark dating from 1858. Originally used as a Commission House for Steamboat, it was sold to the Oakes family in 1880 for their lumber yard. This operation continued until 1983. In 1995, the building was purchased by the Clinton County Historical Society to develop into a museum.
Entering, you will find displays of handmade laces, a large teapot collection and a small gift shop. The research library is well stocked with high school annuals, obituaries and cemetery records, military records, family histories and much more.
You will notice the wide floor boards in the central hall where everything from horse drawn wagons to modern trucks were loaded with lumber. Special programs such as historic portrayals, textile demonstrations, as well as industry reunions are held in the central hall.
The staircase and rail chair across the hall from the sleigh will take you up under the eaves to permanent and rotating displays, A 1924 kitchen, parlor, bedroom, school room, musical instruments and music, the beauty and barber shops, doctor and dentist offices, military uniforms and souvenirs are featured.
Back downstairs, to your right is the grand hall where programs are held between the permanent displays of the telephone office, the railroad featuring the Chicago Northwestern, Christmas in the good old days, toys, and the steamboat era. There are also pictures and stories of famous Clintonians including the first triplets born in Iowa, Pulitzer prize winning author Marcus Childs, actress Lillian Russell, and Felix Adler, Clinton's famous circus clown.
In the South Annex is a treasure trove of old farm equipment from the days of horse-drawn field equipment and hand tools. Industries like Climax, Clinton Corn Processing, and DuPont are represented in pictures and products.
The museum is staffed completely by volunteers. If you have some free time come join us.