Spencer, Iowa
Parker Historical Society

Welcome to Parker Historical Society of Clay County

Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local Clay County history for the education and enjoyment of the public.  Our collection is showcased at the Clay County Heritage Center and Parker Museum.


The Parker Museum is an excellent example of the arts-and-crafts style of architecture, featuring quarter sawn oak woodwork, colonnades with stained glass, leaded glass china closets, six-over-three windows, Steuben glass light fixtures etched with an Art Nouveau pattern and a porte cochere. The house was built in 1916 for the Roy Webb family. Permanent exhibits include: The one-room schoolroom, general store, old-time kitchen, Victorian bedroom, blacksmith shop and small exhibits in the house which change periodically.

Open by appointment. Call 712-262-3304

300 East Third Street, Spencer, Iowa 51301


The Clay County Heritage Center opened in July 2012 after the Parker Historical Society of Clay County became so successful at collecting local Clay County history that room to store and exhibit artifacts was becoming limited at the Parker Museum and the Duroe Building on Third Street. Permanent exhibits including:

“Conflagration: The Great Spencer Fire of 1931".
“This Land We Call Home: Settling Clay County"
“Milestones in Medicine: 100 Years of Spencer Hospital" (New exhibit for 2014).

Open hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday--10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

7 Grand Avenue, Spencer, Iowa 51301, 
TEL. 712-262-3304

Volunteer and Contribute

Members are the society's fan club, responsible for our growth, achievements and visibility in the community. Members are essential in helping us on our journey to present new exhibitions, maintain our buildings, enhance educational programming for all ages and provide access to our unique local history collection. For as low as $40 a year, as a sustaining member you will experience the sense of fulfillment that comes from supporting a vibrant cultural institution as it enters a new era. Benefactor memberships start at $1,000 a year.

Rewards of membership:
  • Special invitations to programs and events.
  • Complimentary subscription to our newsletter, Parker News.
  • An invitation to and voting rights at the society’s Annual Membership meeting.
  • Free admission to the Clay County Heritage Center
Leave a Legacy®

Charitable planned giving to Parker Historical Society provides a lasting legacy to your community. Please consider including Parker Museum in your estate planning so the mission to “collect, preserve and interpret Clay County history…” can be sustained for future generations. For more information contact your personal financial advisor, Leave a Legacy of Iowa, or the Parker Museum Director.

Celebrate Clay County Baseball Apple Pie Contest

Enter your favorite apple pie in our Apple Pie Contest!

Saturday, June 13 at the Clay County Heritage Center

9:00-10:30 a.m. Enter pies at Clay County Heritage Center

1:00-3:00 p.m. Pie judging

3:30 p.m. Winners announced

4:00 p.m. Apple pie and ice cream sale!

For rules and entry form call or email.



come join the Fun!

Click the button to purchase tickets to Picnic-style dinner with Guest Speaker Rod Carew (ticket information below), a membership or to make a donation online using PayPal:

Annual membership levels:

  • Benefactor: $1,000+
  • Patron: $500-$999
  • Sponsor: $250-$499
  • Century Plus Club: $150-$249
  • Pioneer: $75-$149
  • Sustaining: $40-$74

Celebrate Clay County Baseball Exhibit NOW OPEN!

Babe Ruth Day, Spencer Cardinals, Clay County Town Teams, Clay County Championship teams and more!

Celebrate Clay County Baseball July 4th Weekend includes:

  • July 3--Picnic-style dinner with guest speaker Rod Carew at the Clay County Regional Events Center.
    • Tickets: $15.00--Adults, $10.00--children 12 years and younger (everyone attending must have a ticket)
    • Purchase on-line (above)
    • Ticket outlets: Clay County Heritage Center--712-262-3304, Clay County Regional Events Center, Spencer Hy-Vee and The Three Sons in Milford
  • July 4--Clay County Baseball Alumni Game at Andy McGaffin Field, Spencer High School
  • July 5--Activities/events TBA

Motel information:

  • Spencer AmericInn—12 double queen rooms—$109 + tax/night. Blocked until June 3, 2015. Call [712] 262.7525. Block name is Clay County Baseball
  • Holiday Inn and Express Suites is now taking reservations.
Visit Us
To set up a group tour at the Parker Museum or Clay County Heritage Center, or to schedule a meeting in the Bob Keir Meeting Room please fill out this form and we will have someone contact you to finalize the arrangements:
Exhibits and Events Calendar
Clay County Heritage Center

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the Alumni Game. If you are interested, contact Cindy at 712-262-3304 or parkermuseum@smunet.net. Also check out www.claycountybaseball.com.


We have several permanent exhibits including:

  • "Conflagration: The Great Spencer Fire of 1931"
  • "This Land We Call Home: Settling Clay County"
  • "Celebrate Clay County Baseball" (new exhibit for 2015)

Other short-term exhibits are located in the Dvergsten Gallery and the Arcade Gallery.

Parker Museum

We have several Permanent exhibits including:

  • The one-room schoolroom
  • General store
  • Old-time kitchen
  • Victorian bedroom
  • Blacksmith shop

We also have small exhibits in the house that change periodically.