The Society was formed in October of 1968. In 1970, the City Council leased 5 lots along Cottonwood Creek (the old Washington Water Power grounds) to the Society. This allowed the hiring of an architect and beginning of actual construction. Funding came from membership dues, donations and a generous gift from George Kloster (a Harrington farmer). With construction and landscaping completed, the Museum was opened and dedicated on July 15, 1972. This was also the first Pioneer Days.
A variety of materials and services pertaining to Lincoln County and Pacific Northwest history are available to researchers, including:
- Books and Scrapbooks
- Historical Photographs, maps and atlases
- Periodicals & documents file
- Photo duplication service
- Oral history
- Genealogical sources & services
- Territorial & state government publications
- References & technical assistance
Located at 600 7th St., just one block south of the main street in downtown Davenport, is filled with antiques and collectibles. It is open from June 1 through September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, also serving as a Visitor’s Center for Lincoln County. From October – May it is open by appointment only. Call 509-725-6711 to make arrangements.