The Clear Lake Historical Society's serves as the primary private repository of historical documents, photographs, and artifacts related to Clear Lake's rich history. The mission of the Clear Lake Historical Society is to provide stewardship of the Clear Lake Area's historical culture through presentation, engagment and education.
Who We Are
Clear Lake Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1985. Our founder is Lawrence Copley whose interest in preserving the Milwaukee Railroad Depot inspired him to establish the Society. The Articles of Incorporation, dated 1985, included the following incorporators: Lawrence Copley, Pat Grell, Vickie Hensley, Bruce Mead, and Kim Stanley. The 1987 Bylaws were amended in 2007.
Interest in the Society waned when fire in the Depot rendered it unusable as a historical building. In 2004 a committee formed to begin preserving the history of Clear Lake as it pertained to the environment and past events. In 2007 new By-Laws were adopted to reflect this broad purpose. The archives are maintained at Clear Lake's Public Library in the History Room.
The Board of Directors sets general policies and guides the Society in managing its programs and financial affairs. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month. Board members serve three-year terms and are elected at the annual meeting held each August.
The current officers elected at the August, 2016, Board of Directors Meeting were as follows: Beth Ann Schumacher, President; Bennett Smith, Vice President; Marcia Grabinski, Treasurer; and Judy Lincicum, Secretary.
The members of the current Board can be found on this website under the Latest News Section..