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This site is operated by the Palatine Historical Society Board. Our purpose is the collection, preservation and display of artifacts and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Palatine and Palatine Township. We have some openings on our Board, if you’re interested in helping the cause.

The Clayson House Museum, located at 224 East Palatine Road, is open Tuesday 9am to 4pm, Thursday Noon to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. There is parking in the lot on Oak Street behind the museum. Groups are welcome with advance notice. When you visit the Museum, we’re always happy to provide a guided tour.


Special Events

A complete listing of coming events can be found here.

Our “Hats Off to You” display runs through July.

Saturday, June 8, 2024: Garage Sale

Saturday, June 15, 2024: Flag Day Ceremony

Saturday, July 6, 2024: Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 27, 2024: Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, September 22, 2024: Cemetery Walk


Old issues of our newsletter, The Palatine Palaver, can be searched here.

The Society passed an amendment to the bylaws regarding the Code of Conduct. It can be found here.

We are proud to announce the winner of the 2024 Marilyn Pedersen Scholarship:

Isaac Curtis Menning! Good luck to you Isaac!

Greg, Isaac, Kathie and Dave

Marlee led two insightful Walking Tours May 19.

Marlee Leading a Walking Tour 2024

Ken Gorham gave a great presentation May 15 “The History of the Palatine Public Library” at the library, celebrating its 100th year.

Ken Gorham’s presentation “The History of the Palatine Public Library”

What’s Going On at the Clayson House?

Joe is working on a plaque for the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda Railroad.

Jim Frost is researching The Congregational Church of Plum Grove.

Holly, Paul and Jan cleaned up the garden for spring.

Holly and Marg prepared hats for a special exhibit.

Anji decorated the dollhouse for Mother’s Day.

Mike is helping us with a ballot box lock.

Adrian is helping to digitize the Palavers.

Anvith is helping with our website.

Sara is cleaning the collection.

Thank you all so much!


Historic Building Plaques

Plaque at Schoppe’s Corner

Plaque at Schoppe’s Corner