WELCOME TO CLAY COUNTY HERITAGE!
ADMISSION TO THE CLAY COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER IS FREE THANKS TO SPONSORSHIP BY HYVEE.
Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local Clay County history for the education and enjoyment of the public. Our collection is showcased at the Clay County Heritage Center and Parker Museum.
CLAY COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER
The Clay County Heritage Center opened in July 2012 after the Parker Historical Society of Clay County became so successful at collecting local Clay County history that room to store and exhibit artifacts was becoming limited at the Parker Museum and the Duroe Building on Third Street. Permanent exhibits including:
“Conflagration: The Great Spencer Fire of 1931". “This Land We Call Home: Settling Clay County"
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS CALENDAR
Main Street Market
Every Thursday Starting July 15 through August 12
Come see us at Main Street Market! We will have freshly popped popcorn and cold drinks available by free-will donation.
Parker Museum Open House
Sunday, August 15 @ 1-4PM
Join us Sunday, August 15th, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM for a tour of Spencer's famous Parker House! The Parker House is a 1916 Arts and Crafts style home that highlights the Roy Webb and James E. Parker…
Sioree en Blanc
Saturday, August 21 @ 6-9PM
Join for our 7th Annual Soiree en Blanc! The Soiree en Blanc is an annual fundraiser for Clay County Heritage. This year, we hope you join us, donned in your white outfit for a memorable evening! As…
An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt
Saturday, October 9 @ 5:30-10pm
Theodore Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand bring the Rough Rider President to life! Thanks to generous sponsorship from David and Jane Kruse of Commstock this historical event will help support the…
The Parker Museum is an excellent example of the arts-and-crafts style of architec-ture,featuring quarter sawn oak woodwork, colonnades with stained glass, leaded glass china closets, six-over-three windows, Steuben glass light fixtures etched with an Art Nouveau pattern and a porte cochere. The house was built in 1916 for the Roy Webb family. Permanent exhibits include: The one-room schoolroom, general store, old-time kitchen, Victorian bedroom, blacksmith shop and small exhibits in the house which change periodically.
VOLUNTEER AND CONTRIBUTE
CENTURY PLUS CLUB
Members are the society's fan club, responsible for our growth, achievements and visibility in the community. Members are essen-tial in helping us on our journey to present new exhibitions, maintain our buildings, enhance educational programming for all ages and provide access to our unique local history collection. For as low as $50 a year, as a sustaining member you will experience the sense of fulfillment that comes from supporting a vibrant cultural institution as it enters a new era. Benefactor memberships start at $1,000 a year.
The Clay County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is located in the Clay County Heritage Center. Informational brochures from area businesses and attractions are available. Visit www.exploreclaycounty.org to learn more about visiting Clay County!