A group of Vinton citizens realized the need to establish an historical society to preserve items of local history. It was during Vinton's centennial celebration in 1984 that the Vinton Historical Society was formed.
The society has been responsible for the operation of the Vinton Museum since the town acquired the Upson home in 1988. Some of the responsibilities of the society include preserving items of historical relevance, maintaining the interior of the museum for the display of artifacts, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Annual membership dues for the historical society are $15 for an individual or $150 for a lifetime membership.
The society meets on the third Tuesday of the month, seven times a year. Locations vary between the Vinton War Memorial and the museum.
Since the historical society is a nonprofit organization, our primary sources of funding are through donations and profits earned from our fund raising events. Without these funds, the museum would cease to operate.