Swan Valley Museum hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day
WED. through SUN., 11AM - 4 PM

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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.

Photo of Swan Peak by Steve Ellis

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS), established in 1988, is dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation and interpretation of materials that will help establish and illustrate our local history.

The upper Swan Valley area is unique in that it still retains a plethora of evidence of its varied history. There still exist old Indian trails crisscrossing our mountains. Old trapper cabins and marten notched trees are still around on the landscape. This area was homesteaded and settled at a relatively late date, primarily from the mid-1910's and later, with many artifacts and buildings of that particular era still in existence. Early Forest Service ranger station buildings and cabins are still here. Springboard notched trees and sawmill sites from the early logging days are scattered around the valley.

Guann's cabin. Swan Lake. 1920s-1930s era. Carla Kahn Collection. USVHS archives.

Herb Styler and Bob Van Gieson in the Mission Mountains. 1950s. USFS/Van Gieson photo. USVHS archives.

Recent Highlights

OCT 11 and 12
Fall Tour of the Arts Weekend

Museum will be open 11AM—4PM and will feature the following Alpine Artisans guest artists: Sharon Lamar and Lynne Perry

OCT 16
Annual Meeting

1 PM @ Swan Valley Museum

DEC 6 and 7
Frostbite Festival Weekend Celebration
SAT - Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale SUN - Family Day

DEC 14
Enjoy a self-guided tour of Swan Valley homes, decorated for the holidays.

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society was recently awarded $2,500 by the Plum Creek Foundation. This funding will support the production of their next Swan Valley Lodges film project.
Pictured from left to right are: Steve Lamar, Barb Raible, and Fern Kauffman, USVHS; Rett Parker, Plum Creek Foundation.

USVHS Appreciates Community

See event highlights and read the Aug. 7th Pathfinder article >>

Swan Valley resident Charlie Grant demonstrates a froe, which hangs on the wall in the museum. He used it to make shingles from a cedar block.