Rebekahs, Maize Daniels, Jean White and Bernice Pullen will speak at the Clearwater Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14, about the IOOF Building’s history and restoration plans

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Avista Auditorium, 1051 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.

The women will speak about the history of the Odd Fellows Building, some of the businesses that have been housed there and plans for the building’s restoration.

Refreshments will be served. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.


  1. IOOF Building in about 1905


IOOF Building in 2009


One of the businesses that was in the building. (Photos courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

Terri Hudson to discuss family, cultural heritage with Clearwater Historical Society

Terri Hudson, who grew up in the Ahsahka Band of Nez Perce, will be the speaker at the Clearwater Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, and the community is invited.

Hudson will discuss family heritage and culture. Her mother, Carmelita ‘Carmen’ Keller, was an elder speaker for the Nez Perce language classes at the Te Wee Puu Center, until her passing.

This is the first presentation of 2017 and will be held in the Avista Auditorium, 1051 Michigan Ave. at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Clearwater Historical Society, Inc. plans to close the Clearwater Historical Museum in Orofino January 1, 2017, through April 30, 2017

The Board wants to inventory a large portion of the facility’s artifacts while it is closed, because it is difficult to do while visitors and researchers are present in the museum.  Secondly, we need to complete the inventory prior to our move to a new facility in the future.

The Society’s regular monthly programs with guest speakers will continue on the second Tuesday in the months of January, February, March, April and May at the Avista Auditorium, 1051 Michigan Ave., at 7 p.m. Announcements will be made before each program as usual by email, in the Clearwater Tribune and Window on the Clearwater and on the museum’s website and Facebook page.

Those who need to contact the museum, may call 476-5033 and leave a message or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Museum Director Bernice Pullen will reply as soon as possible. Mail may also be sent to: Clearwater Historical Museum, P.O. Box 1454, Orofino, ID 83544.

The Society apologizes for any inconvenience.  We appreciate the community’s  continued support and hope to see everyone in May when the museum reopens.

County Commissioners present $20,000 check for new museum
County Commissioners present $20,000 check for new museum

Clearwater County Commissioners Monday presented a check for $20,000 to board members of the Clearwater Historical Society to help with costs for the new museum that will be constructed off Bartlett above Orofino Elementary School.

Commission Chairman Don Ebert said that funds were being donated to help construct a facility that will preserve the history of the area and be of benefit to people for many years to come.

Shown from left are Commissioner John Smith, board members Mike Goodwin and Tia Pomponio, Commission Chairman Don Ebert and Commissioner John Allen.

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