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The Spanaway Historical Society
Preserved Today ~ Remembered Tomorrow

Prairie House Museum
812 E. 176th Street in Spanaway, Pierce County, Washington

***Events Calendar***

The Spanaway Historical Society is a member of the
Heritage League of Pierce County
About Prairie House
Endowment Program
Society Membership
Our Heritage
Stories of the Past
Open Hours: Wednesdays 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Third Sunday each month 2 - 4 p.m.
For group tours of any size, call 253-536-6655 or 360-832-6662
Admission: Donation
An 1890's restored gable and wing farmhouse
The Prairie House Museum contains period furnishings and an interpretive room
with changing exhibits on local history.
Several farm outbuildings complete the prairie farm setting.
A log cabin provides hands-on pioneer activities.

New Exhibits
Merchants of Spanaway ~ Prairie House 2nd Floor
Reward Universal Wood Range ~ Miners' Shack
Historical Resources

50 topographical, political, and aerial maps

including the first known map of Spanaway
"Map of Pasture land adjoining Cattleherd's Station at Spanueh Nisqually."
[ca.1847, William F. Tolmie].

Fort Nisqually Indian Accounts Book, 1849 - 1852 by Steve Anderson
Native Americans who worked for the Hudson Bay Company.

"The Forgetting of John Montgomery, Spanaway's First White Settler, 1845-1885"
by Steve Anderson

Pacific Northwest Quarterly Vol 101. No.2.
Click here to read an excerpt or order a copy of the complete story.

Washington State's 70th Year Anniversary by Ezra Meeker.

Images of America~"Spanaway" by Jean Sensel. Click here to view a chapter summary. Click here to order.
Museum Gift Shop
Items include
scenic pictures,
note cards,
museum-emblem clothing,
pioneer toys,
Early Spanaway
by pioneer descendant Dorothy E. Thompson Winston, $22.00
and Images of America~Spanaway by Jean Sensel, $20.00
can be purchased during events at the Prairie House Museum or click here to order.
Prairie House Museum Calendar
All events are held at the Prairie House Museum
Work Parties every Wednesday 10 a.m.  - We need your help!
As tour guides and gardeners, for cleaning and repairs, recording and indexing historical events, to demonstrate pioneer crafts
Call 360-832-6662 or 253-536-6655 for more information and to volunteer.
Annual Kids' Day
Parents welcome.
Wednesday, April 4
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - FREE!

Come spend the afternoon with us at the Prairie House Museum, 812 East 176th Street in Spanaway, on our 28th annual Kids' Day.
Tour our 1890's farm house, view historical displays and check out the homestead room, milk house, cabin and blacksmith shop.
Kids will love the taste of the butter they churn and get to play with farm animals.

All this fun for free (although we happily accept donations). For more information call 253-536-6655.

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Members & Friends Pot Luck Picnic & Silent Auction Fundraiser 3rd Sunday in July, 12:00 noon
We provide burgers, coffee, and lemonade.
Silent auction proceeds support Prairie House maintenance. Gift basket donations any size, any items appreciated.
Contact: Kathy Creso (253)537-7565
Historical Society/Lions Club Yard Sale, August 4th & 5th, 9a.m.-4p.m.
Proceeds maintain the museum buildings and artifacts.
A heartfelt Thank you! to our local Lions Club members who maintain the grounds and buildings.

Holiday Open House
First Sunday in December 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Usher in the holidays with refreshments and a tour of the Prairie House Museum, decorated 1800's style for the season.
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