Cheney Historical Museum
Backstory and Context
The museum collection was started in 1935 by the Tilicum Club, a women’s service organization. Several organizations, including the women's GAR auxiliary approached the club women about preserving items from their history, soon pioneer families also wanted to see their items preserved as well, so that the younger generations would understand how they had lived and settled into this territory.
The Tilicum 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.
The museum and all of its activities are carried out by 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.