POST FALLS – The Post Falls Museum won’t be lost to history.
The museum has a temporary home after nearly two years of searching for a location to house the city’s historical artifacts, according to the Post Falls Historical Society.
“We’re trying to preserve our past and have it in the present,” said Sharon Alexander, president of the society. “I believe we need to secure that for Post Falls.”
This month, society members plan to move items into two portable trailers on Railroad Road, half a block east of Spokane Street. The city of Post Falls donated the trailers, and the Post Falls Eagles provided the land, Alexander said.
That will be the museum’s home for at least the next two years, she said.
“We can get into a building, show our stuff, tell our story and be more visible,” Alexander said. “It’s really neat that you don’t have to be a giant building to be able to share our past.”
The museum had been without a home since August, when it was moved out of the Malloy Building, a city-owned structure. The City Hall project, set to begin construction this week, displaced the museum.
The museum typically operates from May through Labor Day, so it didn’t miss a season, Alexander said.
The historical society has been storing the museum’s displays in trailers on loan from Jacklin Seed in Post Falls, Alexander said.
“We’re able to work with it and still be able to keep our museum open,” she said.
Society members say the museum may be open by early May, but they’re still waiting to install ramps and spruce up the new facility. The society doesn’t have a firm opening date, Alexander said.
The group hopes the new location will raise the museum’s profile in the community, Alexander said.
“A lot of people don’t realize we even have a museum,” she said. “People say, ‘A what?’ “
Historical society members say they eventually would like to move the museum into the Chapin Building, once a drugstore at Fourth Avenue and Spokane Street and now the location of the Post Falls Parks and Recreation Department. It’s one of the few historic buildings in the downtown area.
“We want to stay downtown because we want people to remember what’s down there,” Alexander said.
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