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Help us collect local history

Our community archive and museum collection have been assembled over several decades through the generous donations of material from Nez Perce County residents and their decedents. We accept a variety of materials that help us tell the story of Nez Perce County's past, including, but not limited to:

  • everyday objects

  • clothing

  • personal papers

  • business or club records

  • historic photographs

  • oral histories

Our storage capacities are limited, so we have a difficult time accepting large items or record sets that exceed one or two boxes.

We use the following criteria to determine if an item is appropriate for us to add to our collections.

  • Object is relevant to events of persons of Nez Perce County.

  • Object is of use in research, exhibit, or interpretation activities.

  • Object is not duplicated by another artifact in the collection.

  • Object is not damaged, excessively worn or weathered.

  • Object is complete or an important element of a larger object.

  • Object is not made of hazardous material.

  • Object can be properly stored or preserved by NPCHS.

  • Object would not be more appropriate for another institution.

How to donate to our collection

If you are interested in donation one or more items to our object, document, or photo collections, please contact us to schedule an appointment for one of our staff to assess the items. If you are not local to Nez Perce County, we can also conduct an evaluation via email.

Phone: 208-743-2535


Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum
0306 3rd St.
Lewiston, ID 83501

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