Welcome to the Historical Museum
Welcome to the Clawson Historical Museum
Regular hours of operation:
Sunday & Wednesday 1-4p.m. except holidays
Admission is free.
Click HERE to see holidays the museum is closed
Group tours and research times are by appointment only.
Curator Hours are 10-3 Monday through Wednesday and by appointment.
Please call for a research appointment. Group tours are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Please call 248-588-9169 for an appointment.
Wedding Dress Exhibit now open
Wedding dresses from Clawson brides will be on display at the museum through the end of August. Eleven dresses, veils and other items dating from from 1893 through 1974 show the influence of fashion on what is probably a woman's most important dress. Many examples were hand made by the brides themselves, and two collections show dresses and other items from three generations of the same family. The dresses will be displayed in the museum's special exhibit room, bedroom and sleeping porch.
About the Museum
The City of Clawson purchased the three story home in 1972 along with other property on Roth Avenue to provide additional parking and a driveway for the library. In November of 1973, the city council allocated two rooms on the second floor to the Historical Commission to be used as a museum.
The rooms were first opened with fewer than 100 items on December 11, 1973. By 1976, the collection had grown and artifacts were on all three floors and in the basement. On March 14, 1976, the entire building was officially dedicated as the Clawson Historical Museum. The first curator, Deloris Kumler, was appointed in August, 1977. She retired in December, 2007.
The house was built about 1919 by Oswald and Deborah Fisher and reflects the furnishings of the 1920’s or earlier. A community room has a display of over 200 photographs about the history of Clawson. The research room has Clawson High School yearbooks, city yearbooks, local history resources and genealogical materials.
The archives hold an extensive collection of newspaper clippings and over 4,000 photographs are stored and available for research, including early local newspapers on computer. Magazines, periodicals, catalogs, clothing patterns and fashion books are also part of the archives and may be viewed on request. We can provide copies of newspaper clippings, photographs and historical information to citizens requesting them. We can also scan photographs and other information that are brought in so that the copies can be filed in the museum archives.
The museum is owned by the City of Clawson and the operation of the museum is under the direction of the curator and the Clawson Historical Commission. Volunteers serve as guides.
The kitchen offers an authentic look at There's always something fun to see in the
homemaking in the 1920s. 3rd floor toy room.
Programs and Presentations
The Clawson Historical Museum offers a variety of entertaining and educational presentations and tours, either at the museum or your site. All programs are offered free of charge, and advanced reservations are required. Click here for more information on programs and tours.
The archives is missing the 2003 Clawson High School yearbook. A donation of that year's book would make the CHS yearbook collection complete. The museum is also looking for old movies of Clawson sites or events that can be converted to a video or DVD. Photographs from Kenwood School classes 1958-1959, Parkland School 1966–1972 and Log Cabin School 1964-1968 are needed to add to the archives.
The following items are for sale to aid the museum:
All items are available at the museum and Clawson City Hall and can be purchased from the Historical Society Website.
- Two Square Miles, the Heroes of a Small Town, volumes I and II, by Bill Hayes, $20 each.
- Pummychug, the foundation of the Village of Clawson, by Maurice Blair, $10. Children's story version also available for $6.00.
- Clawson—The Way It Was, by Deloris Kumler is $20
- The book “Images of America: Clawson” is $20
- Clawson Michigan baseball caps, dark blue with gold lettering, $10.00.