Herzstein Memorial Museum

Herzstein Memorial Museum, Clayton

Herzstein Memorial Museum
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Leon67203
Wichita, Kansas531 contributions
When the docent was able to provide information about the exhibits she was very helpful. She had her two year old with her and he was a constant distraction, but he was cute. The museum itself shows off the local culture and people well. But it appears that a few too many attics and sheds have been "gifted" to the museum and some curation would help restore the focus. Hopefully the ongoing construction will bring some better order. It's well worth a visit.
Written April 25, 2022
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David C
Wadsworth, OH3,091 contributions
Family
This museum makes a great field trip for the homeschool family. The building was built in the early 1900s as a church. There is great original stain glass. Learn the history of clayton, including the outlaw bandit Black Jack Ketchum. His story is a pretty sad one. See the original belongings of the founder and learn about the dinosaur and Native American discoveries. There is a part on the dust bowl and on history of apparel, plus a part on military and service history of a few select individuals. It’s a neat history museum that works solely on donations. Go support this great local place!
Written February 11, 2022
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Tim J
Clayton, NM24 contributions
Clayton is a community that is easy to overlook if you're not familiar, but hidden just a block east of US 87, is the Herzstein Museum.

The first thing that will grab you is the architecture. It is a beautiful building inside and out, and a walk through will tell you the story of the area, including that of Blackjack Ketchum, our most famous outlaw and the only person ever hanged in Union County. His hanging is notable because of its rather gory end. I could tell you the story, but if you drop in and let the curator tell you, you will get a much better rendition.

You will also see some great Dust Bowl history, as well as the WPA history that the community proudly celebrates. You will not regret taking a short time to stop here before moving onward.
Written February 10, 2015
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David W
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The Herzstein Memorial Museum is a must interested in Southwestern U.S. history, especially the Dust Bowl era. Don't let the fact this museum is in a small town fool you. A visitor could spend most of the day at the museum. I was given an informative tour by museum guide Charles, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of northeastern New Mexico.
Written December 12, 2018
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campjudson
Kokomo, IN1 contribution
Couples
Planned to stay the night in Clayton but arrived early. The desk clerk at our motel suggested we check out this museum. Charles was our guide in the museum and was very knowledgeable and interesting. Lots to see and a whole lot of history. Quite a surprise for this small town.
Written September 15, 2018
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yuma114
Houston, TX25 contributions
Couples
A very concise collection of Dust Bowl and Old West artifacts, sensibly and professionally displayed. We had the facility to ourselves the day we visited and were treated to a tour by Victoria, the very kind and dedicated director. Clearly this is a labor of love for the Clayton community. The museum contains many treasured practical possessions and sentimental heirlooms of Clayton's bygone residents, all the way from prominent community leaders to high school students. The collection is well-curated with excellent context for all exhibits. I was charmed by the amazing display of WPA projects, especially furniture, pottery and textiles, which helped sustain Clayton residents during the Depression era.
Written October 14, 2016
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tangojohnDallas
Dallas, TX1,102 contributions
Friends
Interesting local history along with many collections and memorabilia. Spent about 30 minutes here but could have stayed several hours free
Written December 28, 2013
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AnnOKC
Lawton, OK28 contributions
Couples
with lots of history from the area. It tells about the Dust Bowl era to the history of the Jewish people in New Mexico. Learned a lot about not only the area but the state/territory of New Mexico.
Written June 30, 2013
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Donald W
Clayton16 contributions
The Herzstein Memorial Museum is a great place to visit to get a flavor of the local and regional history! You will not find the individual attention anywhere like this. Where else will the staff find local residents that can share personal experiences and insights of your area of interest? Here they call them in if you are interested in a particular house or person or event. It is incredible! Visit. You will spend a fascinating afternoon!
Written April 5, 2012
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Blueturtle1
Mustang, Ok254 contributions
Couples
A very desirable museum to visit. Plan on 2-3 hours at least. The quality of the collections and artifacts are wonderful. Museum staff very knowledgeable. The building is an attraction of itself. Had great time going through the museum. Just did not have enough time to view and study everything. If you are in Clayton, NM, this is a must see. If you are close to Clayton, NM, you should make a special trip to see. Has a nice gift shop.
Written August 5, 2011
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