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About Us

The Southwest Spokane County Historical Society is a group of volunteers and donors who care for our collection of materials and use them to tell the stories of the people, places and events of our district.

Who We Are And What We Do.

Museum History

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The museum was started in 1935 by the Tilicum Club, a women’s service organization. The Southwest Spokane County Historical Society evolved from the club to include all people interested in our local history.

The Spokane County Historical Society dba, Cheney Historical Museum is a registered 501c3 organization funded entirely through your donations.

Our collection comes from the families, businesses, farms, and organizations in the Marshall, Four Lakes, Cheney, Tyler, and Amber districts. We actively seek new materials to add to the collection, so that our story may become richer.


The Volunteer Match website helps us reach our region’s potential volunteers. The link below is secure and takes you to our page on the Volunteer Match website.

Cheney Historical Museum volunteer opportunities | VolunteerMatch

Ways to Give

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The fastest and easiest way to support our work is with a one-time or recurring donation with a credit/debit card, PayPal, Venmo or even by check. Secure giving powered by Givebutter.

Paypal Giving Fund

Click here to donate through the PayPal Giving Fund for the Southwest Spokane County Historical Society. PayPal’s Giving Fund absorbs all the fees, sending every penny of your donation to us. What is the catch? There is a one to two months delay before the funds become available to us and the Giving Fund has limits of $500 per donor per year AND $2,000 in total donations through the fund per year.

eBay Giving Works

Sell items on eBay on behalf of The Southwest Spokane County Historical Society. Sellers can become true cause marketers for us, donating 10-100% of their sales. eBay users can make direct contributions using their PayPal account. You can buy items to support us. Look for the eBay Giving Works blue and yellow ribbon on listings. Select our charity at eBay here.

Company Matching

Many companies will match charitable contributions. Check with your company’s human resources department.

Company Matching

Include the Southwest Spokane County Historical Society as a beneficiary in wills, trusts, or insurance policies. Those gifts benefit the museum while providing you valuable tax advantages. Please consult your tax specialist or estate planner for details.

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We are operated completely by volunteers and through your donations. We receive no government funding for our operations. All of your donations go to funding our efforts to research and preserve our history, and most importantly, share the stories with you both at the museum and beyond its walls.