WELCOME TO CLAY COUNTY HERITAGE!
ADMISSION TO OUR FACILTIES 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 is located in downtown Spencer. It houses two galleries and the bulk of our collection. One gallery contains a permenant exhibit dedicated to Clay County History call "This Land We Call Home – Settling Clay County” and the other hosts temporary exhibits that rotate every few months.
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS CALENDAR
The South Gallery rotates exhibits every few months using both artifacts from our collection and loaned items. Our current temporary exhibit is "Marion Helland: Nine Decades of Civil Rights…
2022 Exhibit Sponsors
Platinum($5000+) Gold($1500-$4999) Silver($500-$1499) Bronze($250-$499) Arnold Motor Supply Asher Motor Co.Christopher A. BjornstadKari's Fine Clothing for WomenKruse, Cate,…
Lunch & Learn
The Last Wednesday of Every Month @ 12-1PM
Join us the last Wednesday of every month for our new Lunch & Learn series! Bring your lunch to the Bob Keir Meeting Room at the Heritage Center to learn about different history topics and see…
Downtown Walking Tours
Saturday, October 22 @ Various Times
Call 712-262-3304 to RSVP | Free Event - This project was possible thanks to grant support from the Walden Charitable FoundationThis summer we hired Spencer Highschooler, Kaylee Nachtigal, who…
Tuesday, October 25 @ 5:30PM
All members are welcome!Join us for our Annual Meeting and learn about all of our accomplishments this year! Refreshments and snacks will be served all evening. Renew your membership this evening and…
Festival of Trees
save the date
Tour of Homes ($20) - Saturday, November 19, from 10:00AM to 6:00PMTour lavishly decorated homes around Spencer, these homes will be decked out for the holidays! Be sure to print your ticket for the…
The Parker Museum is an excellent example of the arts-and-crafts style of architecture. The house was built in 1916 for the Roy Webb family and was later donated to be an historic house museum. This museum showcases the lifestyle of rural Iowa throughout the years and the house's primary residents, the James E. Parker family.
VOLUNTEER AND CONTRIBUTE
CENTURY PLUS CLUB
There are many ways to support Clay County Heritage including becoming a member and volunteering. Members are essential 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. Volunteers can choose from a variety of opportunities year round that allow us to connect with public through community events and complete projects necessary for the maintence of our collection.
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!