Our Mission

Sharing and preserving the history of the Marshall, Four Lakes, Cheney, Tyler, and Amber districts of southwest Spokane County in eastern Washington, connecting the past with the present and building a bridge to the future by:

  1. a) Engaging the community in preserving our history and collection, historic places, and understanding their value;
  2. b) Working with organizations, institutions, business, and community to promote our districts’ cultural life and heritage;
  3. c) Interpreting the history of our districts based on solid research.

Who We Are

The museum collection was started in 1935 by the Tilicum Club, a women’s service organization.  The club women cared for, and exhibited, the growing collection for the education and benefit of the community, funded through its membership dues and donations. In 2011, the Tilicum Club became the Southwest Spokane County Historical Society.

We are community volunteers who believe that understanding and sharing the history of the ordinary men, women, and children who lived in our district, and who really made it work, gives us perspective on today’s world.

What We Do


Visitors chat with a museum volunteer.

Collect, Preserve, Share.  It’s what we do. . . . . .

Our collection comes from the families, businesses, farms, and organizations in our districts.  We actively seek new materials to add to the collection, so that our story may become richer and more complete.

We care for these materials through your donations, so they will be available for future generations.

Our exhibits use these materials to engage visitors in our story, and to help young people gain a new perspective.

The museum and its programs are operated completely by volunteers and through your donations.  We receive no local government funding for our facility or operations.  All of your donations go directly to funding our efforts to preserve and share our history.

Our museum, exhibits, programs, and tours happen only though the generosity of community volunteers.

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