history of the museum

Since 1919, this incredible building has been  a cornerstone in our Community and County.  As it began as the Epispical Methodist Church, it's many uses include a one lane bowling alley, a roller skate rink, and a center stage that served as Clayton's Library. Upstairs is the original sanctuary which still holds the majestic original stained glass windows and beautiful wood floors.

The late Albert Herzstein, remembering his childhood hometown, generously supported the museum. In 1987, an extensive renovation of the building began through the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.

Most of the original construction has been impeccably preserved, including the white cedar floors.

In dedication of the Herzstein Foundation, one exhibit features personal treasures from the Herzstein families collection from world travels and items from their home.

Other exhibits include artifacts from the Santa Fe Trail, Native American Afrtifacts, Black Jack Ketchum, the Dust Bowl era and so much more! We are proud to say we have the largest Works Progress Administration collection in the state.

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Mailing Address:

Box #75

Clayton, NM 88415

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