Last updated: 3/7/2013
Chewelah, Washington
Street Address
501 3rd St.
Chewelah, WA 99109
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 271
Chewelah, WA 99109
phone: 509-935-6091
May thru Oct
Starting last weekend in May
Daily11 AM - 3 PM
or you may call Barbara at 509 935 6188
Group Tours
Barbara Swanson, Curator
phone: 509-935-6091
Kathy Schnieder, Staff
phone: 509-935-0533

A single room of interesting artifacts, displayed at the Chewelah Fun Fair in the summer of 1965 was the beginning of the present spacious museum. The exhibit drew so much interest it was decided to add to it the following year and the idea mushroomed. Walt Goodman and his niece, Dorothy, both interested in local history and historical artifacts, they pooled their ideas to create what became the present museum. From the modest one room start, the building was soon filled with many local items of interest. The people of Chewelah and surrounding areas were cooperative and generous. Many have given valuable family collections to provide interesting and unique items to the display for the public to enjoy. Each year the museum grows. New (old) items are constantly being received and placed on display. Old pictures of the area or persons from the area are always welcome and will be shown in the picture from, which in itself tells a lstory of Chewelah history.


Preserve these articles so others can see what our ancestors have seen.


1838 when the Cree Indians were here. 1903 when we became the town of Chewelah. 1916 when the Magnisite started.

Artifact Collections

How people lived from the beginning of this valley

Educational Programs

educators guide


A concrete building built by the government for an Amory.


Chewelah Historical Society


Access: General Public, Students

Appointment required: No


Not at this time





Group Tours

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