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|The Spanaway Historical Society|
Preserved Today ~ Remembered Tomorrow
Prairie House Museum
812 E. 176th Street in Spanaway, Pierce County, Washington
The Spanaway Historical Society is a member of the
Heritage League of Pierce County
About Prairie House
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
|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.
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
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
Wednesday, April 5
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 27th 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.
| Historical Society/Lions Club Yard Sale, Date TBA, 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.
|Members & Friends Pot Luck Picnic & Silent Auction Fundraiser 3rd Sunday in July, 12:00 noon
We provide burgers, coffee, and lemonade.
A silent auction supports Prairie House maintenance. Gift basket donations any size, any items appreciated.
Contact: Kathy Creso (253)537-7565
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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