CLINTON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
“The mission of the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) is to promote, encourage and economically support the arts, artists and the cultural heritage of Clinton County.”
The Clinton County Arts Council operates a beautiful Arts Gallery at 215 N. Clinton in St. Johns with collections from local artists. The Gallery provides an opportunity for the public to view and purchase a variety of new art pieces produced by artists from our community, and its “First Sunday” events showcase specific artists each month. The CCAC offers a “Traveling Art Program”, where original art work is loaned for display to Clinton County area businesses for a one month period, and then rotated.
In addition, the CCAC sponsors the yearly “Summer Concerts in the Park” series at the St. Johns Performance Shell. It also operates The Clinton Northern Railway Museum in the historic St. Johns Train Depot at 107 E. Railroad Street. Visit www.clintoncountyarts.org
BRIGGS DISTRICT LIBRARY
The Briggs District Library is located in a state-of-the-art building at 108 E. Railroad Street in St. Johns.
Its stated mission is to “Actively provide easily accessible services, materials and programs to people of all ages in our service area to meet their evolving recreational, cultural, informational and educational needs”.
The Library contains 38,374 volumes and circulates 117,396 items per year. It offers books, magazines and audio books for check out. Videos may be rented for a small fee, and some videos are loaned for free. Internet access, subscriptions to several newspapers, resources about local history and genealogy are available for use at the Library. The Library offers a photocopier, fax machine, word processing equipment, a quiet study area and a meeting room for public use. Programs and events for adults, young adults and children are held at various times during the year. Visit www.briggsdistrictlibrary.org
CLINTON NORTHERN RAILWAY MUSEUM
The Clinton Northern Railway Museum is located in the historic Grand Trunk Railroad Depot at 107 E. Railroad Street in St. Johns. The original wooden depot built in 1858 was destroyed by fire, and replaced with a brick building in 1869. The existing Depot building was built in 1920, but was designed to look like the 1869 building that was destroyed by a tornado earlier that year. The depot closed to train traffic in 1992 but has been restored and now houses the museum.
The Clinton Northern Railway Museum is operated by the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) and offers “A Great Train Adventure” to young and old alike. Visitors can operate model trains and view the collection of historic railroad artifacts in time capsule exhibits. The museum boasts a collection of historic railcars in varying stages of renovation, where history buffs and visitors can walk through and examine hands on. The Museum also hosts a Model Railroad Club which meets monthly at the Historic Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, as well as a variety of other specialized exhibits throughout the year.
The Clinton Northern Railway Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the months of May through October, and hosts a series of family fun events on select evenings during the week in the summer months. The Clinton Northern Railway Museum is open at other times by appointment only.
CLINTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL
The Veterans Memorial was created in lasting memory of the Clinton County, Michigan men and women who serve in the Armed Forces… in the past, present and future. The solemn yet strikingly beautiful Memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2006 and lists names of those from Clinton County who gave their lives for our Country in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq War.
Engraved bricks honoring Clinton County Veterans pave the roundabout of the Memorial located at Clinton Avenue and Railroad Street in Downtown St. Johns. Those that wish to purchase an engraved brick may obtain forms at the St. Johns City Offices (in the Clinton County Courthouse at 100 E. State Street) or contact Dennis Scott for further information at 989-224-2601.
Photo by David Pizzaferatto