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!


Clayson visited the Palatine Historical Society program, “How Do We Remember Palatine?” held at the Palatine Library on March 15th.

He couldn’t wait to see all the pictures that were shared.  Make sure to pick up one of his collectible trading cards when you see him.







General Meeting

April 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
Palatine Public Library, 500 North Court

                                     Advertising is Old News!                                                     Rural Palatine as a commercial hub through newspaper advertisements

Learn about the many businesses and services available in the small rural village of Palatine before it grew into a suburb after World War II.

Alice Rosenberg


Tom Landeck Volunteer Award 2016

Palatine Park District


Palatine Historical Society Scholarship Program 2017

The Palatine Historical Society will offer two (2) one-year scholarships of $1,500.00 each to high school seniors who are residents of Palatine Township. The awards are to be used to pursue post secondary education in an accredited vocational/technical program, or at a two-year or four-year college/university. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex, or national origin. Monies for the scholarship will be provided through a variety of fund-raising activities conducted by the Palatine Historical Society.

Go to our Scholarship page for more information.

To open: Goto the Palatine Historical Society tab at the top, hover over it and then select ‘Scholarships’.



Victorian Teas 2017

Tea Dates: April 22, 23, 29, 30  victorian tea

Note carefully:  Teas will only be held once on each of these days from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.

Tickets will be available in January at $25 each.  The program theme is hats.  For tickets call 847-991-6460.

The tea is sold out.


Wood Street School
4th grade, 1926


The Clayson House Museum welcomes the Pleasant Hill School of Palatine for a visit in March.

We are looking forward to giving the grand tour.




You’ll love this video on the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda Railroad’s Old Maud by the Dan and Jenny Trio! Thank you Dan and Jenny and…


In Memory Of

Donna Dwyer


Donna Dwyer was involved in the Historical Society since the Clayson House Museum opened.  She has been on the Board of Directors as president, treasurer, history committee, etc.  She has worked on building floats, Christmas Open Houses, antique shows, teas, anniversaries and much more.  She is on a parade float in this photo and you can see she is having fun.  We miss you very much, Donna.




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

May 21, 2017

25th Annual Cemetery Walk

Hillside Cemetery  1 to 4 o’clock on Smith Street north of Colfax
Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for children under 16

Tours every 15 minutes; last tour 3:30


Clayson House Museum Presents:






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