Dear Friends of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum:

History can be a great teacher if we save it, preserve it, make it accessible, and teach it.

You may know that our museum building was the original Opportunity Town Hall, built in 1912 – the year the Titanic sailed. Pioneers who lived in the Valley at that time were just welcoming home veterans of The Great War when they were faced with a deadly enemy at home – the great plague of 1918. One can only imagine the fear and trepidation people felt from this invisible killer, back then. Perhaps we feel a greater kinship with these pioneers as history repeats itself today with a new pandemic.

That’s the thing about history – it warns us, it unites us, it inspires us, and it teaches us.

These are anxious days at the museum. The building is closed by order of the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive. We don’t know when we’ll be able to open our doors again. I miss hearing children oohing and aahing at our exhibits. I miss seeing the smiles of our volunteers. Honestly, I feel the voices of the past yearning to speak while I make regular checks on our quiet building – the artifacts and archives are silenced by an unseen enemy for an indeterminate time. Closing the museum at this time is the right and necessary thing to do. As a business executive, however, I can tell you bills come in even when visitors cannot.

Your Spokane Valley Heritage Museum survives on admissions, memberships, events, programs, and field trips – all of which are, for the moment, paused. We always appreciate community investors and support, but we especially need your help right now to make it through this dark time. If you can help, please call (509) 922-4570 or visit online at spokanevalleymuseum.com/support. Thank you for whatever you can give.

The other day, when I stood at the museum door and looked up at our big sign, I was struck by how beautiful it was, both in size and color – bright yellow, like the daffodils that are blooming again all over the Valley. From this, I take inspiration that our museum will bloom again soon as a vital part of Valley life. Oh, how I look forward to that day when we’ll be able to throw open its doors once again to light, laughter and love of history.

May you be well until we meet again,

Jayne Singleton, Founder and Executive Director
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Amazing News!

A private Donor has asked us to share an opportunity with the community.  They will match any financial donations, up to $10,000, to sustain the Museum during this challenging time! We are beyond grateful!  This pandemic has impacted the museum, as we have had to close to the Public until safe to open again.  Please consider how valuable the Museum’s mission is and make a donation. Our mailing address is:  SVHM PO Box 141341  Spokane Valley WA 99214-1341. Donations can be made with credit cards as well, leave a name and phone number at 509-922-4570, we will return your call.The Spokane Valley Museum is a non-profit 501 C 3.  All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Share Your COVID-19 Story

The Spokane Valley Museum is launching a project to engage the community in assisting with our effort to collect and preserve the impact of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) on our community. Read More

3-16-20 Update Regarding COVID-19

In accordance with the mandates and guidelines issued by Governor Inslee regarding the closure of public venues to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, the Spokane Valley Museum will be closed until further notice.  This will be a significant impact on the Museum’s revenue, but we are cooperating with the efforts to curtail and stop exposure to the virus for the good of all.

We will post any updates on the Museum’s Facebook page and Museum’s website.

If you are interested in ordering photos or requesting research to be conducted, those services are still being offered. Please contact the Museum by calling (509) 922-4570 or emailing us at Spokanevalleymuseum@gmail.com. To learn more about ordering photos from the museum Click here. To learn about requesting research Click here.

Discover the Legacy of Regional History!

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Upcoming Exhibits

“Early Regional History, Spokane & Spokane Valley’s Divergent Cultures” – March 2020

“Exciting the Air Waves, 100 years of Radio” – Coming Soon

Upcoming Public History Programs

“Out of the Gravel, The Legacy of the Land” – Postponed

Don’t miss the Spokane Sun God Exhibit!

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Welcome to the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Research

It’s easy to connect to Spokane Valley’s past. We have a large collection of archives and cultural artifacts to help you research local and family history.

Tours

Watch the past unfold where it happened. Our tours introduce you to the people and places that made Spokane Valley history.

Photos

From apple orchards to the I-90 construction, our photo collection gives you a glimpse at Spokane Valley’s growth throughout the last 100 years.

News

Visit the blog for the latest up-to-date news and happenings at the Museum.

 

Museum

The Spokane Valley Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching and interpreting historical information and historic sites.