Our unique community has the privilege of housing the Clinton County Historical Museum at the Paine-Gillam-Scott House, as well as the Clinton County Arts Council, and the Briggs District Library.

The City of St. Johns is just twenty (20) miles north of Lansing, the center of many arts and cultural activities. 

Clinton County Historical Museum at the Paine-Gillam-Scott House

Clinton County Historical Museum

Museum - Medical

Doctors, Druggists, and Dentists

The Clinton County Historical Museum will be showcasing the medical exhibit of many items and pictures from yesteryear through Sunday, November 21.  The new displays of the Victorian side porch and Mid-Century kitchen are also open.  After Nov 21, the Museum will be closed until May, 2022.  Check it out at 106 Maple, St. Johns, MI (West of the courthouse square) on Sunday 1 to 4 and Wednesday 2 to 6. The website is pgsmuseum.com or email pgsmuseum@gmail.com.   Phone is 989.224.2894 or 989.292.9096 for Clinton County artifacts or monetary donation and more information.     

Hours:  May - December, Wednesdays 2:00-7:00 P.M. & Sundays 1:00-4:00 P.M. (closed for holidays and holiday weekends ~ July 4, Memorial and Labor Days, Thanksgiving)

Phone: 989-224-2894
Email: PGSMuseum@hotmail.com

If you have any interest in "old things" or want to be helpful in preserving such things for future generations, please contact 989-224-2894 or email pgsmuseum@gmail.com.   

The Archives of the Clinton County Historical Society is available to anyone researching families and history of Clinton County and is open at 16101 Brook Rd, Lansing, MI.    Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 to 4, and Thursday 2 to 6.  Contact 517.482.5117 x 2, or email ccgensoc@yahoo.com.    Membership in the Archives ($20.00)  includes a very interesting quarterly Newsletter "Clinton County Trails".             

Clinton County Historical Society

Meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 P.M., November through March; and at 7:00 P.M., April through October.  Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. State St., St. Johns.

For anyone needing additional information, send requests to CCHS, P.O. Box 174, St. Johns, MI 48879.

Clinton County Historical Society consists of the Museum and the Archives.  The mission statement of the Clinton County Historical Museum is to maintain the complex related to and typical of the Clinton County history, to provide education, and encourage community involvement.  Any skills and time you have that would fit the mission, i.e. computer skills, publicity, community awareness, document sorting and cataloging, textile preservation, displays, presentations, cleaning, maintenance (outside and inside), docent duty, etc., would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact pgsmuseum@gmail.com or call 989-292-9096.  We are located at 106 Maple in St. Johns and plan on reopening for the Mint Festival, August 14 and 15, 1pm-4pm, with the remaining year’s schedule to be determined. 

The Archives is the keeper of documents and photos that represent the history and residents of Clinton County. If you have free time and an interest in keeping history available and accessible, please contact  Julie Peters at 989-501-0599 or petersj@msu.edu.  There is always a need for computer skills (from home or at the Archives), filing, copying and research.  You can check out our webpage at www.dewittlibrary.org/CCHS to see the types of things we do.

To assist the mission, donations and membership are needed. Dues for the Museum are $25.00 and the Archives $20.  Both can be mailed to PO Box 174, St. Johns, MI 48879.

We are strictly a volunteer group, and the reward of knowing you are helping history stay alive is great!  Thank you for your consideration and support.


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After the sale of the former Rodney B. Wilson High School/Junior High School building, the Clinton County Historical Society was fortunate to obtain the framed collage photos from the graduating classes of 1925, 1941, 1945-1967, that had been hanging along the hallways for so many years.  Central School was the high school before RBW was built for the 1925 graduating class.  We also have the whole school photo from 1921 taken at Central School.

The frames are well worn and of the many individual photos they contain, less than five are missing.  It has been decided that to make these accessible to the community, CCHS has had them digitized.  For a donation you can obtain a digital file to use as you wish.  (A print would make a great placemat at a reunion.)

To obtain a file, you will need to contact CCHS to arrange the file transfer.  Contact the Museum at pgsmuseum.com, or 989.292.9096 or the Archives at petersj@msu.edu .

Clinton County Arts Council


Hosts events, projects, programming, and more, such as the Clinton Northern Railroad Museum, Concert in the Park series, Homegrown Productions and our Mint City Singers!

Gallery Hours:  
Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.  Open Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Concerts in the Park 

The popular summer “Concert in the Park” series, sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns, has finished their 2021 season.

St. Johns Community Band

Contact Roy Davis at 989-227-4273 for information on how to join.