To the Clinton County History Center in Wilmington, Ohio
Located at 149 E. Locust St. Wilmington OH 45177 | Mailing Address: PO Box 529

Our Mission is to encourage community involvement in the preservation, education, and promotion of Clinton County history and genealogy for the benefit of all people.

Temporary Exhibit On Display

Step into the exhilarating world of Clinton County sports in our latest exhibit, where we celebrate the vibrant history and enduring legacy of athletics in our community. From the early days of grassroots competitions to modern-day sporting triumphs, this exhibition offers a captivating journey through the heart and soul of Clinton County’s athletic culture.

Discover the evolution of sports in our region as you explore displays, rare memorabilia, and engaging narratives that highlight the pivotal moments, legendary rivalries, and remarkable achievements that have shaped our local sporting landscape. From the adrenaline rush of game-winning touchdowns to the graceful precision of championship-winning slam dunks, every aspect of Clinton County sports is brought to life in this immersive showcase.

Through compelling exhibits and insightful storytelling, visitors of all ages will gain a deeper appreciation for the role sports have played in shaping our community’s identity, fostering camaraderie, and inspiring generations of athletes. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply curious about the history of sports in Clinton County, this exhibition promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the enduring spirit of athletic excellence and sportsmanship that defines our proud community.

Join us as we celebrate the triumphs, honor the legends, and showcase the rich sporting heritage of Clinton County within our latest exhibit, Beyond The Scoreboard: An Exhibit Celebrating Clinton County Sports Throughout The Years,  now on display at the Clinton County History Center through December 2024.


Memberships Matter!

Did you know, as a 501(c)3 non-profit, our organization relies on memberships, donations, and ticketed events to continue our Mission. The History Center does not receive sustainable support from local tax payers, City, County, State, or National funding. We simply cannot continue to preserve local history and educating the community on the significance of Clinton County without YOUR help. To become a member today please click here.

antique Abolitionist Quilt

Learn about the Clinton County Historical Society.

antique photo of Hains Sisters posing together

Learn about the Clinton County Genealogical Society.

Interested  in serving on the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees?

We are accepting applications of interest to join the board as positions becoming available. This form is an opportunity to submit your name to our pool of potential candidates for future appointments. Your submission, though valued, doesn’t necessarily guarantee your selection. We appreciate your participation and board positions are reliant on available openings. Thank you! 

Abraham Lincoln Shot!

Abraham Lincoln Shot! Witten by Genealogical Society volunteer, Beth Mitchell for the Wilmington News Journal - March 2024 This event occurred years after our country’s turmoil regarding slavery began. Late at night the telegraph wires, on April 15, 1865 hummed with...

Early Settlers, by Beth Mitchell

Early Settlers This article was written by Genealogy Volunteer, Beth Mitchell The 1882 Clinton County History contains many mini-histories of early families. As we read about some of these families, we begin to understand the diversity of some of the early settlers...

History Comes to Life at Sugar Grove Cemetery

Originally published in the Wilmington News Journal, online on September 25, 2023 WILMINGTON — On Saturday, history came to life at the historic Sugar Grove...

‘Local history is all around…’

Originally published in the Wilmington News Journal on 8/22/23 WILMINGTON — The recent installation of a historic photo on Main Street has brought a fresh vibrancy to downtown Wilmington. The collaborative effort between the Clinton County History Center, property...

Can You Pass The Test?

Written by Genealogy Library volunteer, Beth Mitchell. Information for this article appeared in the Wilmington News Journal on Wednesday, May 19, 1880. Each year a test was approved by the school board to be administered to potential teachers for the coming school...

The Clinton County History Center

Chartered in 1948, the Clinton County Historical Society purchased its museum home in 1955.  This site is on the National Register of Historic Places as the home of Brigadier General James W. Denver (for whom Denver, Colorado was named). This History Center is a multi-function facility operated by the Clinton County Historical and Genealogical Societies.  The Center includes a touring museum with exhibits and special displays; research library; manuscript, photographic and reference archives; textile and artifact repository; conference center for meetings and educational programs; and serves as the business office for the History Center.

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2024 Public Hours of the History Center:

Historical Society’s Museum – $5 for non-member self touring / $10 for docent led 

  • Thursdays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Fridays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Saturdays, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Additional visits by appointment

Genealogical Society’s Research Library – $5 per non-member

  • Fridays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Saturdays, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Additional visits by appointment

Please call (937) 382-4684 or visit our social media during major holidays to confirm we are still open!

The Clinton County History Center and Rombach Place Museum are handicapped accessible.

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