Clayton History Society, Clayton MO - Enriching our community, honoring our past




'From New Madrid to Claverach', written by James W. Sherby
Author: James W. Sherby

The book chronicles the Clayton neighborhood's rise from farmland to an exciting urban environment and how it is connected to the earthquakes of 1811 - 1812 in New Madrid, Missouri.

Purchase book by contacting Jim Sherby at 314-791-6307 or by email:
jim@jwsherby.com

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"The mission of the Clayton History Society is to preserve, protect, and promote Clayton's unique history so that people may appreciate its past, present and future. The Society is committed to identifying and collecting artifacts and documents for display, publishing written and oral accounts, and conducting diverse educational programs for all ages."

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Public invited to free lecture!
"St. Louis County Parks - A History"
Featuring Esley Hamilton, St. Louis County Historian
Wednesday, October 22
7:00 PM
The Center of Clayton




Clayton Book Now Available!


Clayton Missouri: An Urban Story

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



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Clayton Depot - Rock Island Rail Line (1907)
Clayton Depot - Rock Island Rail Line (circa 1907)
The Clayton Railroad Depot was located between S. Meramec and S. Central near the current Forest Park Expressway. The depot was removed in 1939, but the track for taking coal down to Washington University was in place until the early 1960's when Millbrook was built.   Source: Missouri Depots website

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Tour Historic Hanley House!

Historic Hanley House

Information
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 sumlauf@claytonmo.gov.

Admission Fees
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.

House Hours
Mon. - Fri. By Appointment Only
Sat. & Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Parking: Street Parking only

Volunteer Opportunities
The Hanley House needs you! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Umlauf at (314) 290-8553 or sumlauf@claytonmo.gov.

The Hanley House is located at 7600 Westmoreland in Clayton.

Hanley House website
Hanley House Map
Hanley House Newsletter Archive




In Memoriam, Richard T. Stith, Former Clayton Mayor

Richard T. Stith, Jr.

Featured Citizen Profile




Shaw Park Ice Rink Marks 50 Years

Permission was granted to publish the following West End article written by Mitch Schneider:
Shaw Park Ice Rink Marks 50 Years





Help Us Conduct Interviews

Has 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 claytonhistorysociety@gmail.com or call our voicemail at (314) 467-0712 to arrange delivery options. Thank you for your help!

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Are you a sleuth...a wannabe historian?

sleuth 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 claytonhistorysociety@gmail.com for more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

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Clayton Oral History Project

Call for Participants

Oasis - St. Louis 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 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.


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