Deer Park Chamber Of Commerce Business Of The Month: CDPHS: Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society

The Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society (CDPHS) was formed in 2003 as part of an effort to save the Clayton School building which was said to be surplus property by the School Board and was being put up for sale. The Society was able to get the Clayton School on the National Historic Registry.  As a result, the Deer Park School District remodeled the building and it is now being used by the District Home Link program.

The Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the past for the future and freely sharing that past with anyone interested. This began with periodic publication of  Reports to the Society. This evolved into the monthly publication of the Mortarboard containing over 2000 pages of historical articles since May of 2008.

The Society’s website ( was created in 2007. Many, many historic pictures, articles, videos, and all of our Mortarboards can be found there. 

Society meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, 10 AM, at 316 East A Street. The public is invited to attend these meetings (as soon as the COVID-19  pandemic eases).

All are welcome to submit historic family photos and stories from the area to the Society. Text or email these to (509) 276-2693 or [email protected]. They can be mailed to Box 293, Clayton, WA 99110. 

Present Society officers are Bill Sebright-President, Wallace Parker-Publication Editor, Mark Wagner-Treasurer, and Damon Smathers-Web Master.

This is a sponsored article and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Deer Park Gazette or its staff.

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