Arts and Culture

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Take a step back in time at the stately home of Clinton County Historical Museum, Paine-Gillam-Scott House. The museum holds the distinction of being the oldest brick residence in the city of St. Johns. A walking tour of PaineGillam-Scott House Museum is, indeed, a journey back to the early 1900s - and before.

The house that was built in 1860 by John W. Paine contains remnants of his ownership and of those who followed him - Dr. Samuel E. Gillam and Dr. Walter A. Scott. The Museum bears the name of all three doctors. It was during Gillam's ownership from 1883 and 1909 that the house was extensively remodeled into the Victorian style which is evident today. Those features are prominent elements of the downstairs rooms, each of which is used as a "mini-museum" for a home in 1890. Walking through the living room, parlor, dining room, kitchen and laundry room provides a journey into lifestyles that no longer exist.

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The upstairs rooms are equally unique. They are kept for use of township displays, interpretive and special exhibits, and county historical documents. In honor of the doctors who lived in the house, a "turn of the century" doctor's office pays tribute to all doctors of Clinton County. Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum was listed in the State Register of Historic Sites in 1980, and has the honor of receiving a Michigan Historical Marker during special dedication ceremonies July 29, 1998. The Museum is open Wednesday's from 2 to 7 and Sundays from 1 to 4, or you can call 224-2894 for special tours and programs available.

The Clinton County Arts Council, presently at home in The Depot Center for the Arts at 107 E. Railroad Street, across from the Briggs Public Library, is a community gathering place dedicated to creativity and celebration of the arts. In its 18th year, the Council hosts a variety of exhibits, performances and classes to entice every imagination. The Depot Center for the Arts houses a gallery and gift shop, a classroom and meeting room, and the William J. Morriss Arts Library. Open year-round you can learn more about them by calling 2242429 or by visiting their website at .

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Libraries have outreach power! And the Capital Library Cooperative Member Libraries in Clinton County are located in St. Johns, DeWitt, Maple Rapids, Ovid and Elsie Public Libraries and Ovid-Elsie Public Schools. Services offered at public libraries in the system include Interlibrary Loan for borrowing materials from collections across the United States, access to statewide databases, and more. Nearly 300 participating libraries across the state allow you full borrowing privileges through the statewide MichiCard.

Briggs Public Library in downtown St. Johns welcomes you to a state-of-the-art facility providing a full range of library amenities including computers, periodicals, print books, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, and programming for ages 1 to 101. Visit the Library website at for current information on programs and events. Public meeting space, quiet study area, local history collection, as well as an Ellison Die-Cut machine and other AV equipment including digital projection are available for on-site use.


Briggs Public Library
108 E. Railroad
St. Johns    224-4702

De Witt Public Library
13101 Schavey Rd.
DeWitt    517 -669-3156

Elsie Public Library
145 W. Main St.
Elsie    862-4633

Maple Rapids Library
130 S. Maple Ave.
Maple Rapids    682-4464

Ovid Public Library
206 N. Main St.
Ovid    834-5800