January 16, 2013 - Building Community; Value of oral histories by Jody Sowell, from Missouri History Museum. - Location: Missouri History Museum
March 20, 2013 - World's Fair and growth of eastern Clayton by Sharon Smith, curator at Missouri History Museum. - Location: Washington University South 40, College Hall
May 15, 2013 - History of Wilson School and neighborhoods along Wydown by Dr. Gene Ruth, former Headmaster of Wilson School and Esley Hamilton, St. Louis County Historian. - Location: Wilson School
July 17, 2013 - How Wydown became a Great Street; History of St. Louis Country Club and Claverach by Jim Healy, author and historian, and Jim Sherby, Clayton author. - Location: Great Hall of the Church of St. Michael St. George at 7:00 pm
October 26, 2013 - SPECIAL TOUR EVENT Historic Graveyard Tour featuring famous Claytonians buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery - Location: Meet at Hanley House for bus transfer to Bellefontaine Cemetery. REGISTRATION REQUIRED...code 15686...reservation fee is $15
November 6, 2013 - Innovation and Infinite Possibilities - Washington University thought leaders will lead a stimulating discussion about 21st century challenges and solutions. The panelists are: Dr. Peter Raven, Provost Holden Thorp and Dr. William G. Powderly. - Location: Washington University, May Auditorium in Simon Hall on Forsyth at Wallace Drive. RSVP REQUESTED:firstname.lastname@example.org
In Memoriam, Richard T. Stith, Former Clayton Mayor
2013 Centennial Events
Celebrating 100 Years of Clayton 2013 marks the centennial celebration for the City of Clayton. To commemorate this milestone, the City of Clayton is hosting a series of centennial events, which offer the Clayton community the opportunity to come together to reflect on the cityís past, promote the present and look forward to the future. Visit the Official Centennial Website for current information. View the Centennial Events Flyer
This fine publication is now available for purchase at the Center of Clayton, perfect for gift giving! All proceeds will benefit the Clayton Century Foundation. Details and ordering options online.
St. Louis Beacon article - published on August 17, 2012
Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch article - published on July 12, 2012
Tour Historic Hanley House!
The mid-19th century farmstead is located just blocks from the busy Central Business District at 7600 Westmoreland Ave, Clayton MO 63105. To schedule a group tour for students or scouts, contact Sarah Umlauf at (314) 290-8553 or email at email@example.com.
Admission to the museum is $5 for adults. Children 6 - 12 are $2 each and kids 5 and under are Free. Special group tours for children are available. Cost: $2 per child. $5 per child includes a Hanley House Coloring Book for each child.
Mon. - Fri. By Appointment Only
Sat. & Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Parking: Street Parking only
The Hanley House needs you! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Umlauf at (314) 290-8553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hanley House is located at 7600 Westmoreland in Clayton.
Hanley House website
Hanley House Map
Hanley House Newsletter Archive
Shaw Park Ice Rink Marks 50 YearsPermission was granted to publish the following West End article written by Mitch Schneider:
Help Us Conduct InterviewsHas your family lived in Clayton for more than one generation? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has been in Clayton for many years? Everyone has interesting stories to tell. We are trying to capture these stories and memories about daily life as a permanent record of our community.
Please consider taking some time to visit with someone you know. The Clayton Century Foundation - History would like to include excerpts of these interviews on this website. All proper credits will be noted.
Also, if you have any interesting Clayton photos, matchbook covers, and other artifact mementos...we welcome your donation or we can scan and return to you.
The best approach to an oral history interview is to ask open-ended questions and to focus on people's memories and experiences. Consider these questions as a springboard for planning your interview:
Name and a bit about the Family Tree:
First Clayton address and current contact information:
1. What's your first memory about living in Clayton?
2. When did you or your parents move to Clayton and what brought them here?
3. Tell me about your childhood home, neighborhood, school and friends.
4. Where do you remember going to shop - to play - to worship - or hang out/enjoy entertainment?
5. What special traditions do you remember in Clayton?
6. Were there any special teachers, merchants, community leaders, or even neighbors that you remember in a special way? What stories can you share about them?
7. Tell me about some of your friends and what you did around Clayton.
8. Describe your first job - was it in or around Clayton? What did you do with your first paycheck?
9. What can you remember about any local heroes? (School related, War service, community service)
10. Do you have any specific memories during wartime - World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War?
11. What were your favorite songs, books, movies and television shows? Do you have memories of Depot dances or other places in Clayton? Any encounters with local and famous artists?
12. What are some of the happiest times you've had in Clayton?
13. What haven't we talked about that you'd like to discuss in the time we have left? Are there any other Clayton memories you have to share?
Submit your written interview to the Clayton History Society. Email us at email@example.com or call our voicemail at (314) 467-0712 to arrange delivery options. Thank you for your help!
Interview questions (Download to print)
Are you a sleuth...a wannabe historian?The Clayton History Society seeks interested individuals to assist with a variety of projects, from research about institutions and neighborhoods to collection of community stories from citizens. The group wants to know about people, buildings, churches, schools, businesses, parks, and historic residences. It also aims to discover and copy for permanent records a multitude of historic Clayton documents, maps, diaries, and photographs. Get involved and make a difference in preserving Clayton's history for future generations.
If you own a piece of Clayton history that you would like to donate to the Society, please contact Sarah Umlauf at (314) 290-8553, or leave voicemail at (314) 467-0712, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Clayton Oral History Project
The city of Clayton is partnering with OASIS to encourage residents
and business owners to recount their experiences in Clayton. A trained OASIS volunteer
(retired media professional) will work with and interview everyone who wishes to record their
stories and memories. It's an important legacy for informing and educating others. Taping will
take place in a comfortable setting at Clayton on the Park. Participants will have a copy of
their Oral History, and a second copy will be provided for the Clayton History Society's collection.
Excerpts may be selected for our website and a future History of Clayton book. The cost for
both tapes is $50.
Call for Participants
Call OASIS at 314-367-5700 to schedule a taping time. Please join us, as we capture and celebrate the details of daily life in our community.
Tell Us Your Clayton Story! Printable Form