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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.


Free Furniture Here.

Special Events

New Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024, 2-4 pm: Scavenger Hunt starting at Emmett’s Tavern.

Sunday, September 22, 2024: Cemetery Walk at Hillside Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 16, 2024: Lincoln Presentation at the Palatine Public Library.

Sunday, December 8, 2024: Holiday Open House.


Thank you Sue Minott for all of your years of volunteer service!

Our “Hats Off to You” display continues to draw rave reviews!

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

Marlee as Betsy Ross, Lesley, Clayton, Sue, Ken, Clare, Greg, Paul, Jan and Carl in a Model T and Dave as “Old Abe” celebrated our nation’s birth Saturday, July 6, 2024 at the Jaycees Independence Day Parade.

Ken, Greg, Marlee, Clare, Paul, Carl, Jan, Sue, Lesley and Clayton
David Hammer as Abraham Lincoln

Clare, Joe, Jen and Marlee helped out at our booth at the Farmer’s Market Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Farmer’s Market

Dave and Marlee participated in the American Legion Post 690 Youth & Family Day Celebration at Towne Square in Palatine Saturday, June 22, 2024. We enjoyed meeting members of the Post and looking at the history posters and military vehicles. The Society wishes to thank all the veterans for their service to our country!

We had a large turnout of 102 visitors for the Flag Day Celebration Saturday, June 15, 2024. Thank you Mike Gregory of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, US Grant Camp 1963, for organizing and overseeing the event. Thank you to the many patriotic groups that participated. And thank you Josh, Joe, Dave, Kathie, Nancy, Holly, Marlee and Clare for helping out.

James Arnold, US Army Vietnam Veteran

Our very special gardeners planted flowers by the Carriage House!

Terri, Paul, Holly and Jan

Our Garage Sale Saturday, June 8, 2024 was a success! A big thank you to Josh, Alec, John, Dave, Holly, Nancy, Marlee, Clare, Emily and Agatha. We had 199 visitors and were able to create some room for our collections.  The Palatine Historical Society thanks each and every purchaser for their generous donations.

Volunteers Clare and Marlee

What’s Going On at the Clayson House?

Marg, Holly, Ken, Kathie, Joe and Marlee have been preparing for the Cemetery Walk.

Jim is researching The Congregational Church of Plum Grove.

Joe is working on a plaque for the PLZ&W Railroad.

Holly and Marg prepared hats for a special exhibit.

Anji decorated the dollhouse for summer fun.

Holly, Ellen, Paul, Jan, Stephanie, Terri &

Barbara cleaned up the garden for spring.

Adrian is helping to digitize the Palavers.

Nancy is keeping track of membership.

Laura is inventorying some new items.

Anvith is helping with our website.

Bev is working on the collections.

Sara is cleaning the collection.

Thank you all so much!


Historic Building Plaques

Plaque at Schoppe’s Corner

Plaque at Schoppe’s Corner