600 Cotlets Way, PO Box 22
The Museum embraces a wonderful collection of
Pioneer and Native American history.
The gift of the Willis Carey Collection of local Native American and Pioneer
artifacts formed the nucleus of the Chelan County Historical Society’s
collections. Basketry, beadwork, jewelry and other work showcase the artistry
and craftsmanship of the local Wenatchi Indians including Celia Ann Dick and
Chief John Harmelt, among others of the local region. Some of the exhibits
include hunting and fishing artifacts, a sweat lodge, native food and medicine
items, an exhibit about the Hudson Bay Company, and a Meso-American collection.
There is also an exhibit showcasing the work of Ernest Tonk, and Walter Graham,
local artists who depicted the lives of the Native Americans, pioneers and
The Congdon Archaeological Collection contains artifacts from the middle
Columbia River and the lower Snake River areas. Many of these objects date back
9,000 years. There are examples of tools, personal items, and art forms such as
petroglyphs and pictographs developed over ninety centuries of human occupation
in the Columbia River area.
In the lower level of the museum we have a beautiful collection of local Pioneer
history, including tools, mining, veterinary equipment, boy scout memorabilia
and dioramas depicting the lifestyles of the early settlers of the area,
including a trappers cabin.
The Natural History Wing helps us to understand the relationship of people to
the land and animals around us. Dioramas depict the landscape, plants and
animals of the local sub-alpine forest, lowland woods, steppe desert and
wetlands during the four seasons.
We also have some wonderful examples of petrified wood, precious and
semi-precious stones from North Central Washington and mineral specimens from
all over the world!
Don't miss our Gift Shop!
Cashmere, WA 98815