A group of around fifty individuals gathered at the home of Gaillard Heflin on 30 November 1964 to discuss the interest in organizing a local historical society "to learn about and preserve the history of Shelby County." The meeting garnered such ecstatic interest that they decided to re-convene 24 January 1965 in a meeting at which they adopted articles of incorporation. The above image is just a portion of the charter members who gathered together to form the Shelby County Historical Society. These important individuals helped to lay the foundation for a group that has remained strong since its inception. The rest, they say, is history.
The Shelby County Historical Society promoted the historical interests of the county and slowly gathered a collection of artifacts that grew tremendously. Through fundraising, the tireless hours of volunteer labor, and the determination upon which this county was established, the Museum grew to the four-building complex that remains today. We are the proud descendants of this rich tradition and we look forward to a continued historical conversation and the ongoing preservation of our county's past for many more decades to come.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Shelby County Historical Society and helping us to preserve and share our past? In addition to dedicating yourself to the continuation of our founders' mission, members receive a quarterly 8-page newsletter, electronically or via mail, that details museum activities and includes stories of historical interest; discounted kitchen rental rates for any occasion; unfettered access to our Genealogical Research Center; and the ability to vote for members of the Board of Directors. In the future, as we continue to catalog items, we plan to have a "members only" section that will provide Shelby County Historical Society members with password-protected access to portions of our catalog so that you can view items in our collection from home.