The Pend Oreille County Museum was started in 1967 and is situated in Newport, Washington, along both the Pend Oreille River and the Washington/Idaho border. The museum is operated and maintained by the Pend Oreille County Historical Society and Museum and their volunteer efforts. They have dedicated this museum to the welfare and protection of the country’s rich mining, railroad, logging and agricultural histories. It has been named after Pend d’Oreilles tribe which means “earring” in French. It has been telling the stories of the region’s culture and keeping alive their cultural history, ever since.
The Museum’s Location
The Museum is located in the city of Newport. This is a city and country seat of Pend Oreille County, Washington. The population of the Newport was recorded to be 2,126 at 2010 census. It is a part of the Spokane Metropolitan Area. The country was created on March 1, 1911. It is one of the most recently formed of the 39 counties of the state.
This region is widely famous for its agricultural and mining heritage. The railroad transportation is also one of the major heritages that this town holds. This is the main reason behind the setup of this Museum. The Pend Oreille County Historical Society and Museum has been giving its volunteer effort since then to preserve the cultural heritage that this country has been holding for a long time. The people in this region are sowing giving up the cultural ways of living and has been changing according to the western world and with globalisation, the new culture is spreading like the fire in the jungle. It has become important for the inhabitants of this region to come together and preserve what is left of the cultural heritage.
Many of the regions in the world have already forgotten about their cultural and industrial heritage and that has led to a great loss. The heritage of a place is like that place’s soul and nobody loves a phantom town.
Why Is This Museum Important?
The reason for which the museum exists is because the people still find it important to preserve what their ancestors has built upon this present scenario. It has been said that one must not forget his/her roots, this is what defines the. One must remember where he comes from or else he is no one.
This was the reason why this museum was set up as by that time people were already starting to forget their heritage and has been moving to places far from the native place. This had led to the loss of all the culture that had existed for a great amount of time in those lands.
Steps were taken and finally, a society was formed- “the Pend Oreille County Historical Society” and this society volunteered to inspire people and set up a Museum that will help preserve the heritage and culture of mining, logging, railroad and much more. It came out to be known as the Pend Oreille County Museum.