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 Open
Wed-Fri, 1:00-4:00

Library Closed for the season - reopens March 4, 2015

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

Kay Fisher, Director/Curator

Deborah Edgington, Collections Manager


Clinton County Historical Society

Holiday Shopping Hours
at the History Center

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Works by local Artisans and Authors

Books, Ornaments, Cards, Historical ToysArts and Artisans Collage




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