Current Exhibits

Reminisce, Remember, Recall”

Come meet some of Spokane’s colorful characters!

Dutch Jake: Come meet Spokane’s “cool uncle” that always had a bed available for the down and out miner. Visit him and his “world famous” gambling wheel!

 

Willie Wiley: The shirtless man who warmed the hearts of the people of Spokane. Meet the man who would sport just his khaki shorts, even to go ice skating!

 

 

 

“Our Cherished Nat Park”: Spokane’s first amusement park reopens here at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum to remember the park that always was sure to be fun for the whole family. 

Traveling Exhibit

We have a historical fascination with space. Our traveling exhibit, on loan from the Smithsonian Institute takes a peek into the early explorers of the next frontier.


Thought-provoking images — captured by high-tech satellites constantly circling the globe — invite contemplation of conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document on the planet’s surface.

Visit the Museum and fly alongside NASA satellites, watch video from the Mars Curiosity rover and check out images from the Hubble Telescope.

 

Under One Sky, 1800-1890

The Spokane Valley is the ancestral homeland of several Indian tribes,
including the Spokanes and the Coeur d’Alenes.
Pow wows were held in the Valley along the Spokane River, bringing
together the Palouse, Nez Perce and other tribes for annual games,
trading and storytelling. The exhibit features stories of the fur traders,
the missionary priests, Antoine Plante, the Mullan Road and a
200-year-old Nez Perce canoe.


Farming in the Valley

Orchard farming was the chief economic driver in Spokane Valley’s
early years. Without water, however, none of it was possible.
Our farming exhibit highlights the Corbin Irrigration Head Gate
at Post Falls, Idaho. In 1907, the system was composed of 54 miles
of ditch, flume and canals carrying water to apple orchards and truck
farms in Spokane Valley. 

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Communications Corner

Technology and transportation are vital to the growth of any urban
center. At one point, there were as many as 11 railroad tracks
cutting through the Spokane Valley. The trains carried passengers
and freight, especially locally grown fruit and other agricultural
products destined for eastern states. Technology developed our
ability to communicate with the world and the Museum has a replica
telephone switchboard for you to investigate.

telecommunications history

Electrifying the Modern Woman

Women in early Spokane Valley days held the family together by keeping
a strong household. The Museum has a room dedicated to their lives
as homemakers and the early technology that helped them. We have a
collection of artifacts such as clothes irons, lamps, kitchenware, toasters
and appliances. We have a special wall dedicated to women central to
Spokane Valley history:

  • May Arkright Hutton, the first woman in Washington State to sit on a
    jury and register to vote in the country
  • Matilda Greenfield Johnson Stegner Narup, who ran the Trent post
    office
  • Stella Schafer Torrey, who operated the Spokane Valley Maternity Home

women history