This site is operated by the Palatine Historical Society Board. Our purpose is to increase public knowledge of Palatine and Palatine Township and encourage people to visit the Clayson House Museum.

Hillside Cemetery Walk

Sunday, September 16th

One to 4 p.m.; tours every 15 minutes; last tour at 3:30

Tickets $5/person; $4/members; $2 children under 16 yrs.

All money raised is for the restoration of the Palatine Twp. cemeteries.

Hillside Cemetery is on Smith St., between Colfax & Northwest Hwy.  Hope to see you there!


It is with great sadness that we share the news that Marilyn Pedersen passed away Sunday evening.  Marilyn started with the Park District as a museum volunteer in 1976 and then as a part-time Museum Coordinator in 1984.  In May of 1994 she became the full time Museum Coordinator and retired from that position on December 31, 2015.  Marilyn’s dedication to the Park District and the Clayson House museum continued with a part-time position as museum supervisor in January 2016.  Marilyn was always the go-to person for information on the history of Palatine and it’s residents and a conversation with her was always interesting and filled with bits of Palatine trivia.  She will be greatly missed.

We will share information regarding arrangements for Marilyn as soon as we get them.


Our Illinois Bicentennial Float won the prize for the best float at the Palatine Independence Day Parade June 30, 2018!

Mary and Abe



Thank you to volunteers Dave Hammer, Christine Rice, Linni Pesch, Tom Landeck, Mitch and Sue Minott, Denise Limburg, Marg Plank, Dave Noland and Bob Weder!


Meet Linni Pesch, the Historical Society’s new coordinator with the Park District and Supervisor of needs and events at the Clayson House Museum.  She is also “Clayson,” our family mascot.



Meet Clayson

the Palatine Historical Society’s Mascot

Clayson goes all over town to many community events.  Look above for the mascot tag to see more pictures of Clayson.  We will be adding & changing photos periodically.  ARF!

July’s Kids Day






 The Society has prepared  historic plaques for downtown buildings!
Check them out at:

Plaque at Once Was Schoppe’s Store.







19 N. Bothwell St.  JL’s Pizza & Sports Bar was Palatine Stationary Store
16 S. Bothwell St.  Harrington Manor was Palatine Pantry Delicatessen
15 S. Brockway St.  Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse was Old Post Office
26 N. Brockway St.  The Music Room was Schoppe’s Store
21 W. Railroad Av.  Currently vacant was Studio One Photography
51 W. Wilson St.  Dario’s was Hunnerberg Hotel
56 W. Wilson St.  Tap House was Jewel Food Store
117 E. Slade St.  Mac’s on Slade was Slade St. Fire Station
16 N. Brockway St.  Zimmer Hardware is still Zimmer Hardware
25 W. Palatine Rd.  American Data was Tharp Funeral Home
35 W. Slade St.  Guidant Wealth Advisors was State Bank of Palatine
25 N. Brockway St.  Monson Jewelers was Stark Hospital
60 N. Bothwell St.  Lamplighter Tavern & Grill was Mac & Al’s Bar
249 E. Northwest Hwy. J. P. Wood Martial Arts


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