The Clay County Historical Landmarks Commission and Historical Society is a non-profit organization sanctioned by the Clay County Commission for the following purposes:
- 1. To seeking out and suitably identify sites of historic interest for preservation in Clay County.
- 2. To bring together those, in a non-discriminatory fashion, interested in history, and especially in the history of Clay County. That understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, and gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American Heritage.
The major focus of the Historical Society will be to discover and collect and preserve any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of this area; its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in times of war; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufacturing, trade and transportation. The Historical Society will collect printed material such as history, family histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript material, such as letters, diaries, journals, charts, surveys, and field books; and especially will receive and preserve any materials worthy of being placed in a museum, such as farm equipment, pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past and present.