Spencer was added to the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places in 2004, with it's mix of Art Deco and Mission Revival styles of architecture on Grand Avenue.
In November of 2004 downtown Spencer was also designated a Cultural District by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Arts on Grand
Arts on Grand is a facility on Spencer's main street operated by the Spencer Area Arts Council - a non-profit organization funded through memberships, fundraisers and local grants.
The facility offers an exhibit gallery featuring original artworks by local artists, pottery and painting studios, and unique evening events ranging from artist receptions to musical groups. Classes, workshops, and educational programs are offered for artists of all ages throughout the year, and are open to both members and non-members.
Clay County Heritage Center
The Clay County Heritage Center is located at 7 Grand Avenue featuring historical exhibits of Clay County in conjunction with the Parker Museum. The facility features multiple galleries and showcases the museum collection with interpretive exhibits. The center also houses the Clay County Convention & Visitors Center.
Step back in time with a visit to the Parker Historical Museum of Clay County. The museum collects and preserves Clay County history and heritage in a 1916 Arts and Crafts period house and the adjacent Duroe Building.
The artifacts in the museum's permanent collection date primarily from 1860 - 1950 and include a rosewood piano, Victorian organ, Observatory time clock, vintage clothing, china and agricultural tools.
Spencer Community Theatre
Housed in a renovated grocer's warehouse, the SCT Playhouse offers quality community theatre experiences for people of all ages. Tours are always welcome. When visiting the Spencer area, feel free to stop in for a tour of the renovated warehouse. And don't forget to ask to see the Costume Shop on the second floor!
Spencer Municipal Band
The Spencer Municipal Band is a group of talented musicians from Spencer and surrounding communities who perform a series of weekly concerts for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors throughout the summer. Most of the performances are held in the vintage band shell, located in East Leach Park.
Spencer Public Library
Visit the home place of our own renowned Dewey, subject of "Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World" book, penned by former librarian Vicki Myron.
The Spencer Public Library, accredited by the State Library of Iowa for excellence in services and programs, is home to thousands of volumes of written material, videos, and internet learning opportunities.