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

Regretfully, due to present circumstances, the Clinton County Historical Museum in St. Johns will be closed until further notice.  Please call 989.292.9096 with questions.

Doctors, Druggists and Dentists

Who were our early health care providers? Where was the first hospital in Clinton County? The first brick and mortar building used for a hospital was located at 108 Spring Street in St. Johns. Built in 1881 as a personal residence for Dr. Andrew J. Wiggins, it was eventually used for his Wiggins Sanitarium where he treated people for kidney, bladder and nervous diseases. In 1911 it became the Hart Clinic, also known as St. Johns Hospital, owned and operated by Drs. Arthur O. and Eugene Hart. At a much earlier date Dr. Oliver C. Joslen cared for patients in his home, known as the Joslen Infirmary located on the corner of Ottawa and State Streets. 

The decision to showcase the medical professions was made last year, but in light of our current situation, it seems like a very timely subject. If you have photos related to this exhibit that might enhance our display please share them with us. Although our exhibits naturally focus on the past, we sincerely salute those in the medical field who are on the front lines of the current pandemic. 

The Clinton County Historical Museum at 106 S. Maple, St. Johns, is currently closed until further notice due to Covid.  Please contact pgsmuseum@gmail.com or call 989.224.2874 if you have any material related to this exhibit and/or are interested in helping out.  Thank you!!

www.pgsmuseum.com

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".             

The museum scans photographs, documents and newspaper clippings, etc.  and stores the images in the Past Perfect software program.  If you have photographs or documents you want scanned instead of donating, please call 989-224-2894 or 989-292-9096.   Email is psgmuseum@gmail.com.  An appointment can be made, or visit on Wednesday 2 pm-6:30 pm or Sundays 1 pm-4 pm.

 

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 Arts Council

http://www.clintoncountyarts.org/

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.

Roaring Twenties Party Band performs in St Johns on September 16th

The “Roaring Twenties Party Band” returns to the “Concert in the Park” series on Wednesday, September 16th after a 3-year hiatus. Their 7:00 p.m. performance at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park will feature the lively music of the 1920’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Jazz Age performed by 6 premier jazz musicians who have performed with some of the nation’s top entertainers.     

“This all-star band is sure to inspire dancing in your seats as they bring back the amazing music from the Roaring 20’s, “ states Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “You will be transported back in time to a decade of economic prosperity and carefree living that is still fondly remembered today, a 100 years later. Musical selections will include recognizable songs from this great era presented with a fresh new jazz approach using authentic instruments including ukulele, banjo, archtop guitar, vocal schnozzle, raspy kazoo, wide vibrato sax, with strong jazz vocals.”

To help you get into the spirit, you are invited to search your closet for your best twenties attire. If you are the owner of a period auto, you are encouraged to drive it to the event in style! 

The “Roaring Twenties Party Band” was organized by Charlotte’s Don Sovey in January of 2016. Musicians recruited for the band include:

Bronnie Brown - he began his career as a member of the U.S. Air Force Band in 1974. After leaving the Air Force he toured the United States with the Walter Scott show for 2-years, then performing with many top bands in Florida and Michigan. He is currently a freelance musician. 

Danielle Blanchard – she is a professional vocal musician with over 2,200 commercial jingles and other recordings to her credit. She’s performed on over 12 recordings nominated for Grammy Awards, having performed everything from opera to rock. She taught voice at Oakland University. 

Austin Muthyala – he is a young and upcoming jazz trumpet player from Byron Center. He is currently in his senior year at MSU performing in the MSU Jazz Orchestra along with the Gathering Orchestra. In his short career, he has performed with many of the area’s top professional musical organizations.

Don Sare – he has been playing professionally for 45 years. As a freelance musician, he has worked with some of the best such as Chuck Berry, Debbie Reynolds, The Temptations, Lee Greenwood, and Stevie Nicks, just to name a few. 

Ian Levine – he is a product of the Detroit jazz scene. He is now very active in our mid-Michigan area after having graduated from MSU.  He has subbed with the Jimmy Dorsey and Legends of Swing big bands over the years. 

Don Sovey – he is a versatile musician, having served as a guitarist for several Midwest symphony orchestras, also having played guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin with 23 National Touring Broadway Musicals at the Wharton Center and other halls. He has also performed with the national touring companies of several Broadway shows.

The weekly concerts are being presented under strict safety guidelines that have been established by the State of Michigan, the City of St. Johns and the “Concert in the Park” Committee. During these unprecedented times, the guidelines must be followed if the series is to be continued each week. 

Wearing of Masks and Social Distancing are both required this year.  

A decision will be made each week on whether the next concert can take place. Please check the Performance Shell Facebook Page or the Clinton Count Arts Council’s Website at

www.clintoncountyarts.org before coming each week. Also, please note that the Lions Club Food Trailer will not be at the concerts this fall. Concerts are held each Wednesday evening, rain or shine, through the end of September.

“Concert in the Park” is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns. The Clinton County Arts Council receives support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Roaring 20's Party Band

St. Johns Community Band

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