A group of Vinton citizens realized the need to establish an historical society to preserve artifacts 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 History 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 $20 for an individual; or $200 for a individual lifetime membership; or $150 for an annual corporate membership.
Since the historical society is a nonprofit organization, the primary sources of funding are through memberships, donations and profits earned from fund raising events. Without these funds, the Vinton History Museum would cease to operate.