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Resources & Contact

Welcome! The Southwest Spokane County Historical Society shares the history of the Four Lakes, Marshall, Cheney, Tyler, and Amber districts of eastern Washington. You will find history stories, research resources, and information about visiting us at the Cheney Historical Museum.

Research Resources

Our archives hold a variety of materials to help you with family history or research on places and events in our area, including:

  • Images, maps, and collection objects
  • People files containing obituaries, news clippings, other documents, as well as donated family biographies.
  • Phone books, business directories, and news clippings.
  • Public school and college yearbooks
  • Jerue Funeral Home records (includes Medical Lake)
  • Records and membership data from lodges, clubs, and organizations.
  • Our online exhibit Unknown Faces may contain members of your family waiting to be recognized.
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We are happy to help you with your inquiries. The first 20 minutes of research are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. For more extensive research we will provide you with an estimate of time and charges.

Museum Tours

You can schedule a tour of the museum for scouts, students, church groups, seniors, family, or other groups to visit the museum. Call or email for information.


Interested in a history talk, an in-person history tour of the EWU campus or downtown Cheney, or a classroom trunk show? Call or email for information.

Contact & Location Information

The museum is currently open on Thursdays from 8 am to noon. We are available by mail, email or phone even when the museum is not open.


Mail to: PO Box 457, Cheney WA 99004-0457

Phone: 509.850.0314

Museum location: 612 3rd Street, Cheney, WA

Admission is free.  Donations keep us going.

Directions: From Spokane, take the Cheney-Four Lakes exit off I-90 and follow SR-904 into downtown Cheney. Turn right onto C Street, turn left onto 3rd Street, the museum is in the middle of the block on the right.

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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.