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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 Latah County residents and their decedents. We accept a variety of materials that help us tell the story of Latah 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 or persons of Latah 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 materials

  • Object can be properly stored or preserved by LCHS

  • Object would not be more appropriate for another institution

How to donate to our collection

If you are interested in donating 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 Latah County, we can also conduct an evaluation via email. 

Phone: 208.882.1004                             Email:


History in the Making

Latah County During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Latah County Historical Society collects and preserves the history of Latah County, Idaho. We believe that history is not just the record of long ago; history is being made every day. With that in mind, LCHS is now actively collecting stories of the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent quarantines and stay-at-home orders, and how those events are impacting the lives of Latah County residents. Please consider sharing your stories and photographs with us during this unprecedented time.

Visit our blog for more information.

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