Make Room For History
By Steven Radtke, Director and Meredith Slover, Collections Manager; Tri Cities Historical Museum
The museum is an invaluable asset to our community, and something of which all of our residents should be proud. From our humble beginnings in the 1950s as a volunteer organization with the purpose of saving our history as it was being lost, to today with our top rate professional staff and facilities, we have been providing a vital resource to our community for over fifty years.
Our mission has three main tenets. One, we educate the public about the rich and varied history of our area. Two, we create exhibits and events that help to showcase that history through artifacts and archives, and three, we collect and preserve physical manifestations of our past. From family Bibles found in garage sales to leather children’s shoes discovered in walls during home renovations, these items that represent our history have been thoughtfully saved and gifted to the museum. Due to this thoughtfulness and the generosity of the Tri-Cities community, the museum’s collection now consists of over 60,000 items– each artifact telling its own story about the people who lived here no matter how commonplace or grand. The responsibility of caring for the collection and preserving the condition of each artifact to the best of our ability is not just important, but integral to our existence and purpose as your local history museum.
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