There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Clearwater Historical Society on August 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the back room of the Krystal Café.

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.

31 Years on the Upper North Fork of the Clearwater River, book by Tom Keller

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 advent of the environmental movement in the 1970’s.

Tom Keller
Tom Keller dressed as he did while working for the U.S Forest Service on the upper North Fork of the Clearwater.

Everyone is invited to a 'Sneak Preview' of the new Clearwater Historical Museum, 433 Bartlett St. Saturday, Sept. 16, from 2-4 p.m.

The public is welcome to enjoy a tour, along with coffee and cookies. Donors are especially invited to come see what their contributions are accomplishing.

The new museum is being constructed on land donated by Greta Cummings behind the elementary school ballfields. Check out some of the special features it will have such as board and bat siding made from the trees on the property. Be a part of preserving the history of Clearwater Country.

SPOKANE, WA--To help preserve artifacts that tell the history of the Clearwater Valley and to make them available for public education, the Avista Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant toward the construction of a new facility for the Clearwater Historical Society.

View of the front of new museum building
The new Clearwater Historical Museum is shaping up as construction progresses.
Windows and Tyvek wrap have been added. This is a view of the entrance to the new museum looking toward downtown.

The Society operates the Clearwater Historical Museum in Orofino that includes Nez Perce Tribal artifacts, Lewis and Clark Expedition artifacts, materials tracking the establishment of the Idaho territory, and a variety of oral histories and early film recordings of the logging era, among other culturally significant items and documents.

"Supporting organizations and institutions that help meet the needs of our neighbors and strengthen communities served by Avista is very important to us, said Mike Tatko, Avista's Regional Business Manager for the company's Lewiston-Clarkston service area. "Through the Avista Foundation, we are proud to join with others in supporting this important project of the Clearwater Historical Society."

View of the side of new museum, board and bat siding ready to install.
This view looks toward the hill behind the new museum. Notice the board and bat siding ready to be put up on the outside.
The siding was cut from trees that were on the property and needed taken down.

Clearwater Historical Society President Nick Albers said, "The Clearwater Historical Society Inc., using volunteer labor, donations and specifically the funds from the Avista Foundation, has been able to initiate construction of its new facility then enclose and protect it from the elements. This will allow us to continue our efforts towards completion of the new museum through the fall and next year. The Avista Foundation funding made it happen and we are extremely grateful for their assistance."

For 2017, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $213,250 to 23 human care services, educational, and economic and community vitality organizations in its 2017 funding cycle.

View of the interior of new museum building
This is the interior of the museum as it is at present. It will have an office, library, storage and restrooms, in addition to the large display room.


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