A Valley museum full of Liberty Lake history?


I’m often asked if the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has any Liberty Lake history, and the answer is, “Absolutely!” In fact, in a historical context, Liberty Lake is part of Spokane’s “Valley,” which stretched from the Rathdrum Prairie in Idaho all the way into modern-day Spokane. We have always viewed Liberty Lake as an important part of the Valley’s history chronicled at the museum.

To that end, we have literally hundreds of Liberty Lake-related items, from a handwritten letter written by Steve Liberty, to doors and bathing attire from the original bathhouse on Wicomico Beach, to a wealth of historical photos of the community. Liberty Lake history most certainly lives here! In fact, our 2019 Heritage Program was dedicated to the topic: “The Legacy of Liberty Lake” was shared at our annual event Nov. 9, 2019.

This is just one of the ways that we live out one of our favorite phrases around here: “We can connect you!” Some people want to be connected to the history of their community, but we also have a vast database of genealogical data for those interested in Spokane area family history. As the museum has grown, it has truly become a regional repository, with archives of historical and genealogical data spanning the entire Inland Northwest.

We would love to have you visit and discover more about your connection to Liberty Lake, your family and our region.

Jayne Singleton
Director, Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2019 Liberty Lake Yearbook.

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