Welcome to the new Clearwater Historical Society's Museum!

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Clearwater Historical Museum invites folks to come see our collections that focus on the people, the history of Clearwater River Country, and its environs including Clearwater County, parts of Lewis, Nez Perce, Idaho and Shoshone counties

Our goal is to share the Clearwater River drainage rich legacy that started long before history was recorded. Our museum features artifacts relating to the Nez Perce People,Lewis and Clark Expedition, mining, early homesteading, farming, logging, and much more.

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Clearwater County.


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“The Finke brothers and family have generously donated their 1923 Logging Truck to the CHS Museum.  We are honored to have received  this historical artifact which represents a significant piece of history for this logging community.  The truck is currently in storage but will be on display at the Museum in the future.”

  • Local author having two Orofino book signings 05-08-2018

    Local author Tom Keller will have two signings in Orofino for his new book, 31 Years On the Upper North Fork Of The Clearwater River. There will be an oral presentation and book signing at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A second book signing will be held at the new Clearwater Historical Museum, behind Orofino Elementary School, Saturday, May 19, also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A retired Forest Service employee, Keller, recently completed writing an autobiography about his years working for the United States Forest Service. In his book, he has gathered memories of his early life growing up on a Montana cattle ranch, and his pursuit of a career with the Forest Service, 31 years of which were spent on the North Fork Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest. In his book there are entertaining anecdotes about life in the Old Forest Service and the transition from the old ways of doing business to the new ways of doing business with the...

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