Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Museum address: 12114 E Sprague Ave. Hours: Wed - Sat, 11am til 4pm. Also by appointment for group tours. The Spokane Valley Museum is located in the Opportunity Town Hall building, built in 1912.
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Inside and out are interactive and exciting exhibits featuring our local and national history. The Museum houses an extensive collection of regional archives, and the searchable database continues to grow. We are the repository for the geograhical Valley. Our archives include regional history as well. Stop by: Admission is $6 Adults/ $5 Seniors/ $4 kids 7 and up.

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From all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, we wish all of you a very fun, happy and safe 4th of July! We hope...
07/03/2021

From all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, we wish all of you a very fun, happy and safe 4th of July!

We hope you enjoy this photo celebrating our community's history from over 100 years ago, as Mr. Gunderson drove his company car in the Spokane 4th of July parade. What a sight that must have been!

Remember to stay hydrated and keep cool with this heat.

From all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, we wish all of you a very fun, happy and safe 4th of July!

We hope you enjoy this photo celebrating our community's history from over 100 years ago, as Mr. Gunderson drove his company car in the Spokane 4th of July parade. What a sight that must have been!

Remember to stay hydrated and keep cool with this heat.

Alas, with historic heat (109 for Tues/Wed) predicted for the week of June 28th - July 4, the SVHM decided it was best t...
06/28/2021

Alas, with historic heat (109 for Tues/Wed) predicted for the week of June 28th - July 4, the SVHM decided it was best to close for the coming week. We do have great A/C, but didn't want people out in the heat to get to the museum. We will reopen on July 7th.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department wasn't organized until 1940!
Hot summers and accidents, before 1940, were often the cause of homes and businesses burning down.
As we prepare for the historic heat, please be careful! Lets keep our firefighters of the Spokane Valley at the station, and not out in the heat putting out a fire. We have a great fire department!

Photo is a brush fire in Spokane Valley circa 1946. The wooden flumes are very visible in the background. They were very large, often 4' wide and 12' off the ground. A great place to cool off on a hot summer day in the Valley of long ago!
Jim Kearney Collection

Alas, with historic heat (109 for Tues/Wed) predicted for the week of June 28th - July 4, the SVHM decided it was best to close for the coming week. We do have great A/C, but didn't want people out in the heat to get to the museum. We will reopen on July 7th.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department wasn't organized until 1940!
Hot summers and accidents, before 1940, were often the cause of homes and businesses burning down.
As we prepare for the historic heat, please be careful! Lets keep our firefighters of the Spokane Valley at the station, and not out in the heat putting out a fire. We have a great fire department!

Photo is a brush fire in Spokane Valley circa 1946. The wooden flumes are very visible in the background. They were very large, often 4' wide and 12' off the ground. A great place to cool off on a hot summer day in the Valley of long ago!
Jim Kearney Collection

We are very excited to announce that our Annual Heritage Program Fundraiser is back! We have a new venue and a new progr...
06/23/2021

We are very excited to announce that our Annual Heritage Program Fundraiser is back! We have a new venue and a new program, but the heart of our message remains the same; to present a program that shares the history of our wonderful community. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Saturday, October 23rd from 2 to 4 pm for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum’s 17th Annual Heritage Program - Out of the Gravel: A History of Spokane Valley.

Admission is $20. To reserve your seat, contact the Museum at 509-922-4570, or stop by during our business hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Heritage Program!

#spokanevalleyheritagemuseum
#spokanehistory
#spokanemuseum

We are very excited to announce that our Annual Heritage Program Fundraiser is back! We have a new venue and a new program, but the heart of our message remains the same; to present a program that shares the history of our wonderful community. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Saturday, October 23rd from 2 to 4 pm for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum’s 17th Annual Heritage Program - Out of the Gravel: A History of Spokane Valley.

Admission is $20. To reserve your seat, contact the Museum at 509-922-4570, or stop by during our business hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Heritage Program!

#spokanevalleyheritagemuseum
#spokanehistory
#spokanemuseum

Happy Father's Day to those who help shape the story of our lives. To those whose love is part of our history.
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day to those who help shape the story of our lives. To those whose love is part of our history.

Happy Father's Day to those who help shape the story of our lives. To those whose love is part of our history.

Now that is a balancing act!!  Unknown woman carrying Green Beans by the bucket full to a truck for delivery to the supe...
06/18/2021

Now that is a balancing act!! Unknown woman carrying Green Beans by the bucket full to a truck for delivery to the supermarkets. This is the Valley so many of us remember and love. Fields of crops or fields of work or both depending on your view point. Don't try this at home!

Now that is a balancing act!! Unknown woman carrying Green Beans by the bucket full to a truck for delivery to the supermarkets. This is the Valley so many of us remember and love. Fields of crops or fields of work or both depending on your view point. Don't try this at home!

It is Strawberry time!  Mr. Rinck's field was in the Greenbluff area.   This is how Strawberries were grown 104 years ag...
06/16/2021

It is Strawberry time! Mr. Rinck's field was in the Greenbluff area. This is how Strawberries were grown 104 years ago, they still are grown this way. Will you be picking strawberries in Greenbluff soon?

It is Strawberry time! Mr. Rinck's field was in the Greenbluff area. This is how Strawberries were grown 104 years ago, they still are grown this way. Will you be picking strawberries in Greenbluff soon?

Courage to do the right thing!
06/06/2021

Courage to do the right thing!

The Battle of Normandy, known as D-Day, began on June 6, 1944. On that day, 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed on five beaches along Normandy, France. The two-month battle resulted in the liberation of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, a turning point in World War II.

Our new roof is taking a little longer than anticipated to install, due to the heat. We will be closed the remainder of ...
06/02/2021

Our new roof is taking a little longer than anticipated to install, due to the heat. We will be closed the remainder of this week. We will re-open Wednesday, June 9th. We invite you to come and visit us then.

Our new roof is taking a little longer than anticipated to install, due to the heat. We will be closed the remainder of this week. We will re-open Wednesday, June 9th. We invite you to come and visit us then.

The town of Latah 1913.   The SVHM archives include Latah, Fairfield, Palouse and Spangle.
06/02/2021

The town of Latah 1913. The SVHM archives include Latah, Fairfield, Palouse and Spangle.

The town of Latah 1913. The SVHM archives include Latah, Fairfield, Palouse and Spangle.

Remembering all of those who gave their lives for the freedoms we have today. There were many soldiers from our area who...
05/31/2021

Remembering all of those who gave their lives for the freedoms we have today. There were many soldiers from our area who gave their lives, we remember them and their sacrifice. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Remembering all of those who gave their lives for the freedoms we have today. There were many soldiers from our area who gave their lives, we remember them and their sacrifice. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

The Opportunity Township Hall is getting a new roof!  Our commitment to preserving the Opportunity Township Hall continu...
05/25/2021

The Opportunity Township Hall is getting a new roof!
Our commitment to preserving the Opportunity Township Hall continues! It is a joy to be stewards of this unique building, built in 1912 and listed on the State and National Historic Registers.
This project is made possible, in part, by the WA
State Legislature's direct appropriation. We are grateful that our building is valued and recognized as an historically significant property in the Spokane Valley!

A new roof ensures that our archive collection, consisting of 10,000+ photos, 6795 archive records and many many artifacts will be protected from weather.

The museum is closed during the installation of the new roof, May 24th - May 31st.

The Opportunity Township Hall is getting a new roof!
Our commitment to preserving the Opportunity Township Hall continues! It is a joy to be stewards of this unique building, built in 1912 and listed on the State and National Historic Registers.
This project is made possible, in part, by the WA
State Legislature's direct appropriation. We are grateful that our building is valued and recognized as an historically significant property in the Spokane Valley!

A new roof ensures that our archive collection, consisting of 10,000+ photos, 6795 archive records and many many artifacts will be protected from weather.

The museum is closed during the installation of the new roof, May 24th - May 31st.

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05/24/2021

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This ornate lovely clock was saved from the wrecking ball. It was removed out of the Great Northern Depot (right before it was demolished) and graces the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum walls. There may have been more than one clock in the depot, I haven't had a chance to research that. Ted Curphey Kyle James Jarvis I'm sure you can tell me. Ted Holloway was the GN guy, but he has passed on.

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This ornate lovely clock was saved from the wrecking ball. It was removed out of the Great Northern Depot (right before it was demolished) and graces the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum walls. There may have been more than one clock in the depot, I haven't had a chance to research that. Ted Curphey Kyle James Jarvis I'm sure you can tell me. Ted Holloway was the GN guy, but he has passed on.

In case you missed it...  We had a very successful first program in the 2021 Series of Public History Programs!  This pr...
05/22/2021

In case you missed it...
We had a very successful first program in the 2021 Series of Public History Programs!
This program was titled, "On A Wing And A Prayer". It was a history in images of the Parkwater Airstrip/Felts Field legacy.
Daring Pilots and significant events educated and entertained the attendees.
Stay tuned to our page or our website, www.spokanevalleymuseum.com for info on the 2nd program in the 2021 series.

In case you missed it...
We had a very successful first program in the 2021 Series of Public History Programs!
This program was titled, "On A Wing And A Prayer". It was a history in images of the Parkwater Airstrip/Felts Field legacy.
Daring Pilots and significant events educated and entertained the attendees.
Stay tuned to our page or our website, www.spokanevalleymuseum.com for info on the 2nd program in the 2021 series.

Harold Maxey's Texaco Service, located at 16428 E Sprague Ave.  Spokane Hot Tubs is at this location now.  No relation t...
05/16/2021

Harold Maxey's Texaco Service, located at 16428 E Sprague Ave. Spokane Hot Tubs is at this location now. No relation to Carl Maxey. Harold had several gas stations in the 1950s. He was well liked. "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star, the big red Texaco star" Now it will be stuck in your head!

Harold Maxey's Texaco Service, located at 16428 E Sprague Ave. Spokane Hot Tubs is at this location now. No relation to Carl Maxey. Harold had several gas stations in the 1950s. He was well liked. "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star, the big red Texaco star" Now it will be stuck in your head!

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum! πŸ’
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum! πŸ’

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum! πŸ’

This event is SOLD OUT! Thank you for all of the interest and support in our first live presentation in quite some time....
05/08/2021

This event is SOLD OUT! Thank you for all of the interest and support in our first live presentation in quite some time. This event has SOLD OUT! We will have more events coming soon, stay tuned, as we will post information on our page and our website.

This event is SOLD OUT! Thank you for all of the interest and support in our first live presentation in quite some time. This event has SOLD OUT! We will have more events coming soon, stay tuned, as we will post information on our page and our website.

05/03/2021
SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! Join us Saturday, May 8th at 6 pm at the Historic Flight Foundation, for the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum's first public history presentation in 2021. This first presentation will be about Felts Field. Our presenter is Jayne Singleton, Spokane Valley Historian and Director of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Also, if you own a copy of J.B. Rivard's book Low On Gas High On Sky, or if you want to buy a copy of the book, you can get your book signed, after the presentation.

Admission $10. RSVP required.
COVID safety guidelines will be followed.

04/29/2021
Join Us for 'On A Wing & A Prayer, The Legacy of Felts Field'

SOLD OUT! We invite you to join us at the Historic Flight Foundation on Saturday, May 8th at 6 pm for a presentation by Jayne Singleton, Spokane Valley Historian and the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum's Director. Jayne's presentation is titled, "On A Wing & A Prayer, The Legacy of Felts Field." This will be the first in a series of Public History Presentations for 2021, presented and organized by the Museum. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. Tickets are $10. COVID Safety Guidelines will be followed.

We look forward to seeing you!

04/05/2021
03/29/2021
This month we are celebrating Women's History Month. Join us in celebrating women who have changed and influenced histor...
03/22/2021
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum – Where History Comes to Life

This month we are celebrating Women's History Month. Join us in celebrating women who have changed and influenced history in many different ways by commenting below on a woman you know, from the Spokane Valley or surrounding areas, that made an impact on your life. We look forward to seeing your comments.

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#womenshistorymonth

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm. We welcome all to visit! Guidelines include in house visitors of up to 25% of capacity, masks are required and social distancing will be maintained. As many of our volunteers and visitors are seniors, which we are determined to protect,...

March 24th will mark 17 years since the opening of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum!  We celebrate, and are grateful e...
03/20/2021

March 24th will mark 17 years since the opening of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum! We celebrate, and are grateful everyday for the incredible success the museum has experienced. Acquiring an extremely significant historical building, the 1912 Opportunity Township Hall, and restoring it and stewarding its preservation has been, and continues to be an epic joy! Connecting the history seeker to that wonderful spirit of belonging through the museum's collection reinforces alignment with our mission, but oh the joy of watching a seeker claim their history is beyond satisfying!
A vision that began in 2000, attracted seeds of interest that grew into actions from ALL of the beginning Co-Founders, has become a well established organization that serves history to the community, the country and the world. We have inquires for research from far and wide, but what is exciting is we are always able to provide information, photos, archives and more. We continue to have "CO-Founders" as more and more amazing people contribute to the growth of this constantly evolving unique Museum.

To all the many many people, businesses and organizations who chose to invest their time and talents and dollars toward the founding and success of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, I offer my sincere gratitude, for it truly continues to be an unfolding recognized truth, that it is our relationships with each other and with our purpose, that lead us to value history and the role it deserves in our lives.
We continue the story.. having survived Covid, we are looking forward to the next chapter!
Enjoy a few memories of the founders of the Spokane Valley Museum engaged in a great purpose!

This is a Curtis Wright J69 Whirlwind, produced 1928-1931.  It is identical to the engine that carried the Spokane Sun G...
03/18/2021

This is a Curtis Wright J69 Whirlwind, produced 1928-1931. It is identical to the engine that carried the Spokane Sun God across the country and back, without landing, establishing the first in-flight refueling accomplishment. It has been on loan for display, for the Sun God Exhibit. The exhibit will be leaving very soon and so will the engine.
Our new exhibit, "On a Wing and a Prayer" will open in mid-April. The exhibit will honor Nick Mamer, legendary aviator of Felts Field. The Spokane Valley Museum was grateful to be gifted Nick's own personal collection of documents, images and artifacts from his flying career, which will be on public display for the first time.

This is a Curtis Wright J69 Whirlwind, produced 1928-1931. It is identical to the engine that carried the Spokane Sun God across the country and back, without landing, establishing the first in-flight refueling accomplishment. It has been on loan for display, for the Sun God Exhibit. The exhibit will be leaving very soon and so will the engine.
Our new exhibit, "On a Wing and a Prayer" will open in mid-April. The exhibit will honor Nick Mamer, legendary aviator of Felts Field. The Spokane Valley Museum was grateful to be gifted Nick's own personal collection of documents, images and artifacts from his flying career, which will be on public display for the first time.

Our latest newsletter is here! In the comments below, you will find a link to our newsletter on our website.
03/17/2021

Our latest newsletter is here! In the comments below, you will find a link to our newsletter on our website.

Our latest newsletter is here! In the comments below, you will find a link to our newsletter on our website.

Wishing you day of happiness, blessings, sunshine and rainbows, and of course lucky shamrocks. πŸ€ Happy St. Patrick's Day...
03/17/2021

Wishing you day of happiness, blessings, sunshine and rainbows, and of course lucky shamrocks. πŸ€ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing you day of happiness, blessings, sunshine and rainbows, and of course lucky shamrocks. πŸ€ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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12114 E Sprague Ave PO Box 141341 Spk Vly 99214
Spokane Valley, WA
99206

near bus stop

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Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

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Mark your calendars, watch for more info on this history tour of the Saltese area.
Here is my Uncle Glen Mahan in front of the family feed store.
I love seeing the pictures of our Valley life "in the olden days." Especially when the area was being settled, and the farming, schools, small townships all began. Thank you for delighting us with these historical highlights!
Come visit the Museum's booth at Vallefest and have your pic taken in a Rocket from the Nat Park Rocket Ship ride!