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.