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
Festival of Trees - Gallery of Trees
Come view 11 beautifully decorated trees in our South Gallery from November 17th - December 17th. These trees are available to bid on a virtual Silent Auction, which ends 6 PM on Friday,…
This exhibition from Siouxland Heritage Museum in Sioux Falls explores the life of a Plains American Indian through their home, the Tipi. Come visit this exhibit at the Heritage Center from…
It's our 60th Anniversary!
The year 2020 is the 60th Anniversary of the Parker Historical Society of Clay County, now Clay County Heritage. Be sure to check our website for special events and programs throughout the…
Festival of Trees - Morning with Santa - Now "Wave with Santa!"
With the current public health measures, Santa will still be at Parker Museum (300 E 3rd Street), and you can drive by to wave at Santa and get some goodies!
Festival of Trees - Tour of Homes - Now Virtual!
The Tour of Homes is now Virtual! View online the homes of Clint & Amanda Mack and Kevin & Tara Brown as well as Parker Museum and Grand Avenue Community Outreach. Tickets are $20…
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!