Museum Reopening: Delayed Again

As Contra Costa County has returned to COVID Purple, indoor museums are closed again. In the future, join us for our new exhibit celebrating Joel Clayton's birthplace and Clayton, CA's twinned city: Bugsworth, Derbyshire, England.


Welcome to the Clayton Historical Society and Museum’s website!

The Clayton Historical Society was founded in 1974 to “research, collect, record, preserve, display, borrow, share, and interpret local history information and memorabilia, and to promote understanding of Clayton origins and development.”

Introducing the Society’s New YouTube Channel

We are pleased to announced the new Clayton Historical Society YouTube Channel, featuring a variety of videos on Clayton history, meetings past and present, and other interesting tidbits. We strive to digitize more of our collections as we preserve and promote Clayton’s history — especially during this time.

2020 Annual Meeting & Blacksmithing Video

The Society hosted its 2020 Annual Meeting via Zoom on November 12th. In case you missed it, you can find the meeting recording below. We also debuted a three-part video series on Blacksmithing in Clayton, which is published on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

Video Shot by Dick Ellis and Bob Daugherty, 1964.

1964 Tour of Clayton

Feeling a little stir-crazy while sheltering in place at home? Checkout this 1964 Tour of Clayton, CA by former Society President Dick Ellis and friend of the Museum, Bob Daugherty. While the population was only 1023 people, the town’s distinct features remain recognizable today.

Video Shot by Dick Ellis and Bob Daugherty, 1964.

Museum Gift Shop

Check out what we sell at the Museum’s Gift Shop online.  All items can be purchased online and picked up at the Museum.  Makes for a unique gift for the holidays! Shop Now

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