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.


The Clayson House Museum has a new display for Election Day

It contains vintage party statues, old campaign buttons and an antique ballot box that has black & white marbles for voting at a table.

Election display



It is with great sadness that we share the news that Marilyn Pedersen passed away Sunday evening, August 26, 2018.  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.


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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