To the Clinton County History Center in Wilmington, Ohio


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.


We need your opinion!

Share your “two-cents” and you could win $100 to the General Denver Hotel. 

The Clinton County Historical Society is developing a five year strategic plan for our organization. As part of this strategic plan, we are inviting the community to share their opinions with us by way of an online survey. All responses will remain anonymous. By completing the survey online, you can also be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the General Denver Hotel & Restaurant in Wilmington – historically named after Brigadier General James W. Denver who resided in the Society’s current museum home. Responses will be accepted until March 1, 2021.

antique Abolitionist Quilt

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antique photo of Hains Sisters posing together

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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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Are you an educator or individual working in the classroom? Due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, the History Center is now offering virtual tours and learning oppertunties to teachers, home schoolers, and other classroom organizations from the comfort of your home or school. Personalized virtual tours can be hosted over our Zoom platform. Per our memberships, children 12 years or younger tour for free. To schedule a virtual tour or to learn more please email info@clintoncountyhistory.org or call 937-382-4684.

Tours must be booked two weeks in advance.

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Did you know the Clinton County History Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization? We rely on membership, tours, ticketed events, and Gift Shop sales to maintain our exhibits, artifact preservation, and community learning opportunities. A potential gift to the Clinton County History Center provides critical support to an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Clinton County stories. Philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations are what allow us to do our work within the community and continue our mission of encouraging preservation, education, and promotion of Clinton County history and genealogy for the benefit of all people. Your donation will help us  provide informative exhibits, engaging educational programs and a wide variety of preservation and conservation projects for the benefit of all Clinton Countians. Please consider making a 100% tax deductible gift to our organization during this challenging time of COVID-19.   Make your mark on local history today!