Clayton History Society, Clayton MO - Enriching our community, honoring our past

'From New Madrid to Claverach', written by James W. Sherby
Author: James W. Sherby

The book chronicles the Clayton neighborhood's rise from farmland to an exciting urban environment and how it is connected to the earthquakes of 1811 - 1812 in New Madrid, Missouri.

Purchase book by contacting Jim Sherby at 314-791-6307 or by email:


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"The mission of the CCF Clayton History Committee is to preserve, protect, and promote Clayton's unique history so that people may appreciate its past, present and future. The Society is committed to identifying and collecting artifacts and documents for display, publishing written and oral accounts, and conducting diverse educational programs for all ages."

CCF History Exhibit Grand Opening!

Clayton Missouri: An Urban Story
This fine publication is available for purchase at the Center of Clayton, perfect for gift giving! All proceeds will benefit the Clayton Century Foundation.

Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch article - published on July 12, 2012

Historic Photos

Clayton Depot - Rock Island Rail Line (1907)
Clayton Depot - Rock Island Rail Line (circa 1907)
The Clayton Railroad Depot was located between S. Meramec and S. Central near the current Forest Park Expressway. The depot was removed in 1939, but the track for taking coal down to Washington University was in place until the early 1960's when Millbrook was built.

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Tour Historic Hanley House!

Historic Hanley House

The mid-19th century farmstead is located just blocks from the busy Central Business District at 7600 Westmoreland Ave, Clayton MO 63105. To schedule a group tour for students or scouts, contact Sarah Umlauf at (314) 290-8553 or email at

Admission Fees
$5 for adults
Children 6 - 12 are $2 each
Children 5 and under are free
Student Tours $5 per student (Chaperones are free)

* Closed during Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July weekend, and Labor Day weekend

Mon. - Fri. By Appointment Only
Sat. & Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Last tour at 3:30 pm)

By appointment only

Parking: Street Parking only

Volunteer Opportunities
The Hanley House needs you! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Umlauf at 314-290-8553 or

Hanley House Website
Hanley House Map
Hanley House Newsletter Archive

In Memoriam, Richard T. Stith, Former Clayton Mayor

Richard T. Stith, Jr.

Featured Citizen Profile

Shaw Park Ice Rink Marks 50 Years

Permission was granted to publish the following West End article written by Mitch Schneider:
Shaw Park Ice Rink Marks 50 Years

Help Us Conduct Interviews

Has your family lived in Clayton for more than one generation? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has been in Clayton for many years? Everyone has interesting stories to tell. We are trying to capture these stories and memories about daily life as a permanent record of our community.

Please consider taking some time to visit with someone you know. The Clayton Century Foundation - History would like to include excerpts of these interviews on this website. All proper credits will be noted.

Also, if you have any interesting Clayton photos, matchbook covers, and other artifact mementos...we welcome your donation or we can scan and return to you.

The best approach to an oral history interview is to ask open-ended questions and to focus on people's memories and experiences. Consider these questions as a springboard for planning your interview:

Name and a bit about the Family Tree:

First Clayton address and current contact information:

1. What's your first memory about living in Clayton?

2. When did you or your parents move to Clayton and what brought them here?

3. Tell me about your childhood home, neighborhood, school and friends.

4. Where do you remember going to shop - to play - to worship - or hang out/enjoy entertainment?

5. What special traditions do you remember in Clayton?

6. Were there any special teachers, merchants, community leaders, or even neighbors that you remember in a special way? What stories can you share about them?

7. Tell me about some of your friends and what you did around Clayton.

8. Describe your first job - was it in or around Clayton? What did you do with your first paycheck?

9. What can you remember about any local heroes? (School related, War service, community service)

10. Do you have any specific memories during wartime - World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War?

11. What were your favorite songs, books, movies and television shows? Do you have memories of Depot dances or other places in Clayton? Any encounters with local and famous artists?

12. What are some of the happiest times you've had in Clayton?

13. What haven't we talked about that you'd like to discuss in the time we have left? Are there any other Clayton memories you have to share?

Submit your written interview to the Clayton History Society. Email us at or call our voicemail at 314-467-0712 to arrange delivery options. Thank you for your help!

Interview questions (Download to print)

Are you a sleuth...a wannabe historian?

sleuth The Clayton History Society seeks interested individuals to assist with a variety of projects, from research about institutions and neighborhoods to collection of community stories from citizens. The group wants to know about people, buildings, churches, schools, businesses, parks, and historic residences. It also aims to discover and copy for permanent records a multitude of historic Clayton documents, maps, diaries, and photographs. Get involved and make a difference in preserving Clayton's history for future generations.

If you own a piece of Clayton history that you would like to donate to the Society, please contact Sarah Umlauf at 314-290-8553, or leave voicemail at 314-467-0712, or send email to for more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.