Clinton County Historical Society Welcome

The Clinton County History Center
149 E. Locust Street
PO Box 529
Wilmington, OH 45177 (937) 382-4684

$5 non-members

Museum & Library Open Wed-Fri, 1:00-4:00

Office Hours
Wed-Fri, 9:00 - 4:00 Tues by appointment

Kay Fisher, Director/Curator

Deborah Edgington, Collections Manager


Clinton County Historical Society

Arts & Artisans
November 15, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Clinton County History Center invites you to attend “Arts & Artisans.”  At this fund raising event you will be able to view and purchase original art and fine crafts by nineteen area artists and craftspeople.  As you peruse the works of art, you can enjoy wine, sparkling juice, and appetizers.

Arts and Artisans Collage


A donation of $20 per person is requested. All donations and a portion of all sales will be used to continue the preservation of our history and heritage.

The following artisans will have works on display and for purchase:  Elaine Balsley, Patricia Dobbins, Beverly Drapalik, Deb Edgington, Cindy Green, Kathy Hickman, Jeff Hollon, Debbie Hook, Susan Hunt, Ron Keith, Sue Lamke, Dennis Lantis, Julie Mason, Ralph McKee, Patti Ruegsegegger, Karen Storer, Carol Tedrick, Mary Beth Thorngren, and Maggie Vance.  Artwork includes paintings, prints, intarsia, turned wood, jewelry, hand woven goods and apparel, photography, Christmas ornaments and much more. For reservations or more information call (937) 382-4684 or email



The Schools of Clinton County, Ohio


New Book about Clinton County Schools

The History Center has published The Schools of Clinton County County, Ohio a compiled history of our county schools. The 103 page softcover book includes information about 248 schools. Available at the History Center for $15. Read an excerpt here.






Exhibit at the History Center

Our History Exposed

Kodak Pocket Cameras ca. 1910s - 1920s

Introduced in Paris in 1839, photography changed the world forever:  Within a few years portraits were affordable for almost everyone and you could travel the world and never leave your parlor.
The History Center’s new exhibit “Photography:  Our History Exposed” reflects over 100 years of photography in Clinton County.  The exhibit includes Daguerreotypes from the 1840s, ‘tintypes’ of the Civil War era, and a stereoscope and ‘views’ of the Victorian era.  Also on display are cameras from the 1880s thru the 1980s and photographic and darkroom equipment from the studio of Clinton County photographer Clarke Nagley (1887 – 1972).

Photography: Our History Exposed will run through December, 2014

For more information, view a pdf of the exhibit brochure.


Also on view at the History Center

Curiosities GalleryCuriosities Gallery

Tour of both exhibits is included with History Center Admission



New Genealogy Resource

Testamentary Records Book B, 1824-1836 is the newest publication of the Clinton County Genealogical Society. In this transcript of the earliest known testamentary records for Clinton County Ohio can be found among its entries the names of 134 for whom documentation of death has not been found in other early cemetery/death records for the county. This 58 page paperback volume is an excellent primary source for Clinton County 1824-1836 and can be purchased for $15.00. --- Link to book list



History Center Research Library


History Center Research Library

Open with a New Look


Thanks to months of efforts from Clinton County Genealogical Society vounteers the History Center Research Library has opened for the year with a new look. Volunteers reviewed all materials in the library, recruited community service workers to help with some of the heavy lifting, and transformed the look of our library. The Genealogical Society purchased some new furnishings for the library and the volunteers have undertaken projects to make the resources in the library more accessible for researchers.

If you have an interest in family history, Clinton County history, or history in general, the library is open and staffed by Genealogical Society volunteers each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 to 4:00. Also, be sure to check the Programs and Events page to find out what's coming up at the History Center.