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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.
|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 at Fir Land Memorial Park or during events at the Prairie House Museum.
|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.
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.
Annual Kids Day
First Wednesday in April
1:00 to 3:00 - FREE!
Children churn butter, pop corn, play with farm animals
and learn how our grandparents spun wool and forged horseshoes.
New feature: Period dollhouse
| 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
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