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.


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!

The Palatine Historical Society will be at the Fire Department Annual Open House on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 84; 220 W. Illinois Ave.  At this family friendly event, the Historical Society will be displaying fire fighting equipment & uniforms from years past.  Our mascot, Clayson – The Family Dog – will also be on Hand for pictures & fun!  Hope to see you there!


Coming in September  It’s here!

Our new publication Celebrating Palatine contains 117 of the articles that appeared last year in the Daily Herald in celebration of Palatine’s 150th anniversary, plus Joe Petykowski’s photographs of the year-long events.

The book costs $21.99 and it can be purchased at the Clayson House during our open hours or by mail and at other venues in Palatine.


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



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