Bringing the Past

to the Present

Whitman County Historical Society

PO Box 67

Colfax, WA 99111

509-397-2555

AREA MUSEUMS/RESOURCES

Oakesdale Historical Society & McCoy Museum

The Mc Coy Valley Museum represents the dedicated effort of concerned citizens to preserve and interpret our rich agricultural history. The museum is located in Oakesdale, Washington, in the heart of the Palouse region. Once the junction of three major railroads; The Great Northern, The Northern Pacific, and the Union Pacific, Oakesdale is now a picturesque farming community surrounded by rolling wheat fields. http://www.oakesdalemuseum.com/

Rural Heritage

Whitman County Rural Heritage is a local collection of historic photographs, documents and information that is being digitized and placed online by volunteers and staff at Whitman County Library. Found at the Whitman County Library website, the Rural Heritage project currently houses collections from Tekoa, Colfax and the library with a goal of digitizing a comprehensive collection from the entire county.

St. John Heritage Museum

East 3 Front St.
St. John, WA 99171
 

Savings Yesterday for Tomorrow. Highlighting the area pioneers and their sacrifices to reach the Palouse and create a new home. 

https://www.stjohnwa.com/heritage-museum

Open Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Lydia Smith 509-648-3719 or City Hall 509-648-3905

Oral Histories

WCHS, in partnership with WSU MASC, has published digital copies of numerous oral histories of Whitman County residents. To visit the site click on this link which will take you to the MASC wwebsite: http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16866coll7

Latah County Historical Society

27 East Second Street

Moscow, ID  83843

Tel: 208-882-1004

https://www.latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org/

We've come a long way since the Latah County Pioneer Association began collecting history in the 1880s, but our fundamental purpose is unchanged.  LCHS exists to preserve the heritage of Latah County, and put it to use for the benefit of our citizens and communities.  We accomplish these ends with exhibits, educational programs, research facilities, public events, community collaborations, and publications.

Tekoa Museum

139 S. Crosby St.
Tekoa, WA 99033

http://www.tekoawa.com/

Sharing the history of Tekoa’s railroad and agricultural history. The Tekoa (pronounced TEA koe) Museum has many turn-of-the-century displays and local memorabilia.

Open by appointment and for Tekoa Slippery Gulch Days.  Library: 509-284-3121; Harry Brandt: 509-284-3651; Jim Weatherly: 509-284-2530

The Guy Albion Museum

http://www.guy-albion.org/index.html

The Guy Albion Historical Society was formed in 1978 to promote interest in the history of the area and to preserve and display historical artifacts, documents and photos in the museum. The Society maintains the Dee Harrison Museum--two rooms on the second floor of the Albion Community Center. In the museum, you can survey scenes of Albion in early-day photos, hear the voices of earlier times recorded in extraordinary letters and documents, and learn the many stories of the Palouse region's past through the exhibits. Our two main events each year are the Pie Social held on the first Saturday in April and the pot luck/annual meeting on the first Sunday in October. (509) 339-7065 or email guy.albionhistory@gmail.com 

Battle Days Museum at Rosalia

110 W. 5th St.
Rosalia, WA 99170
 

Reflecting on the history of Rosalia, Malden, and Thornton and the area’s agricultural heritage. Rosalia is home to a state park signifying the battle of Colonel Steptoe and a confederation of Indians.

Located inside City Hall, 110 W. 5th St.

Open Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weekends by appointment.  509-523-5991

WSU MASC

has published digital copies of numerous oral histories of Whitman County residents. To visit the site click on this link which will take you to the MASC wwebsite: http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16866coll7

Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center

2720 Pullman Rd

Moscow, ID, 

(208)882-8150

Just outside Pullman on the border of Idaho, the museum is a non-profit organization established in 1975 to collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and information that illustrate the history of the Appaloosa horse. The museum’s modern facility includes exhibit area, a theater, a hands-on Kids’ Area and library. Exhibits range from the early evidence of spotted horses in art to the relationship between the Appaloosa and the Nez Perce Indians. For more information click here.

The Staley Museum

is a personal museum of the Staley family. Located in the restored family home, each room has its own treasure of antique furniture, family portraits, and personal items of the Staley family. Open by appointment. Call Molly Staley Benscoter, (509)334-1008.

Rathdrum Historical Society 

http://www.rathdrumhistory.com/

7940 W 2nd St
Rathdrum, ID 83858

Our mission is to gather information and items relevant to early Rathdrum Idaho history. We are specifically dedicated to the running and maintaining of the historic Kootenai County Jail Museum. Our society is interested in preserving this building while making it available to the public for tours. Within the museum are exhibits that offer a window into the past.

WSU Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology has interpretive exhibits, including the fossil record of human evolution and prehistoric peoples of the lower Snake River as well as exhibits on cultural similarities and differences of people in past and present societies. Located in College Hall, room 110, on the WSU campus. Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4pm. Summer hours begin May 16th and are 9-3pm.  Closed for all school holidays. Free admission. Group tours may be scheduled two weeks in advance by calling (509)335-3441.