2023 marks the 150th anniversary of the George H. Clayson House, home of Palatine Historical Society. An entire year of celebration is planned – see below for details or contact us at 847-991-6460 or

Stop in to visit and tour this beautiful and historic home located at 224 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, during regular hours of operation:

Tuesdays, 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursdays, Noon-4:00pm
Sundays, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Upcoming CH150 Events:

April: Photo Display at Village of Palatine
Stop by the Village at 200 E. Wood Street to view a display of historic photos from our collection.

May 17: General Membership Meeting and Historical Society Presentation: The History of the Palatine Fire Department, 7:00pm
Don’t miss this presentation as members of the Palatine Fire Department and Palatine Historical Society share the story of the Ben Franklin Fire and other events. Semi-annual meetings and informational presentations are held at Palatine Public Library at 700 N. North Court, Palatine. These events are free, but registration is required and will be available beginning May 3 at

June 17: Flag Day Ceremony, 9:30am
Come on out to celebrate Flag Day as a variety of area organizations gather at Clayson House for a special ceremonial event.

June 17: Good Old Summertime Party, Noon-4:00pm
This is the biggest event of our anniversary year! Come to Clayson House and step back in time to celebrate summertime the way they did back in the 1860’s! This free event includes demonstrations and more. The day will also include two Tree Dedication Ceremonies: one celebrating the life of longtime Historical Society volunteer and Board Member Denise Limburg and one to celebrate the Clayson House’s 150th anniversary.

June 25: Palatine House & Garden Walk, Noon-4:00pm
Come explore the historic beauty and charm of downtown Palatine! This guided walk will lead you to some of our village’s most treasured homes and gardens, including a tour of the iconic Patten House. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at

July 29: Historical Scavenger Hunt
Do you think you know downtown Palatine? Then come on out for our scavenger hunt visiting historic locations throughout the downtown area. The event will end at Emmett’s for the unveiling of a limited edition beer in celebration of the CH150!

August 1-31: Photo Display at the Palatine Library
Stop by the library to go back in history through photos from our collection. The display will be located upstairs.

September 5-30: Photo Display at Palatine Bank & Trust
Did you miss the display in August? Stop by the bank to see it for the first time or enjoy it again!

September 17: 30th annual Cemetery Walk, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Enjoy guided tours of the cemetery as actors play the roles of Palatine residents from our village’s past. Tours start every ten minutes, with the last tour beginning at 3:30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at Hillside Cemetery; fees are $10 adults, $8 Historical Society Members, $5 school aged children, Free for preschoolers.

October 18: Palatine Historical Society Member Meeting & Presentation
Registration will be available starting October 4 at Watch this space for more information about the Historic Presentation that will be included in this meeting at Palatine Library.

October 21: Fall Foliage Tour
Sign up will be available soon to enjoy tours of historical locations throughout downtown Palatine with the beautiful colors of fall as our backdrop.

December 3: Holiday Open House at Clayson House
Our year of celebration will wrap up with a free Open House at the Clayson House. Stop by to enjoy the spirit of the season as the house is decked out with a variety of decorations from the collection.

Past Events:

Toy Exhibit at Palatine Library

March 11
Palatine Historical Society marched in the Palatine St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19
Children’s Room Dedication in Memory of Denise Limburg at Clayson House