The Chewelah Museum
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 story of Chewelah history.
The Chewelah Historical Society was formed and is in operation to oversee the functioning of the museum. Many of the people who pass thru Chewelah’s museum claim that it is one of the best ever and we like to believe them.
CONTACT: Chewelah Museum, c/o City of Chewelah, PO Box 258, Chewelah, WA 99109 www.cityofchewelah.org
DIRECTIONS: The Chewelah Museum is located in Stevens County, the northeast corner of Washington State, in the city of Chewelah. You will find the museum east of Highway 395 next to the swimming pool and the city park.