Established in 1977, the goals of the Historical Society are to promote an interest in the history of Clinton County, especially the history of the Dewitt area,  and to preserve that history for future generations through the museum.
When you come to visit the museum you will find that we offer a number of permanent
and rotating displays that capture the fascinating history of the area.

In the main building of the museum displays range from tools of the Fox and Saux Native American Indian tribes to a diary of a Civil War soldier. There is an extensive display of
military items from the Civil War era to the present.

Household equipment through the 1950's and up to the present day are on display
in the kitchen area, and the parlor houses antique/vintage furniture, an old victrola,
several china closets and more.  Another room contains medical equipment, old
sewing machines and dolls, along with wedding dresses from many different eras.

One of the most visited, and used, areas in the museum is the genealogy catalog index
and research area.  This collection of information contains obituaries and cemetary records, birth and marriage records, family histories, county histories, county atlases, from 1868
to the present, and much more interesting memorabilia.

Among the items in the main room are tools from very old to nearly new, old cameras,
a large display of ladies hats, old telephones, typewriters and many other items.

One area of the museum contains a school room with school desks of several
different varieties, many old school books, school clocks and is set up to represent
the days of, one room rural schools.

In the 2 unattached out-buildings are large items such as a covered wagon, an old buggy,
a threshing machine, old fire equipment, wagons and other farm equipment,
larger tools , old washing machines and many tools.
Follow us now as we show you a little of what you will see at the Museum


Volunteers come in on Monday mornings and work in a variety of different areas.  There are always things to do, so everyone can work in whatever field most interests them. Helping to file genealogy information, cataloging new items that have been donated, rearranging displays and setting up new displays can be very interesting and rewarding work. It really is fun to discover how much history of the surrounding area can be found at the museum.
                       Remember this is your museum too, so come visit us and enjoy!