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Our Mission

To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and heritage of Rainier Valley and its community and to educate and promote public involvement in, and appreciation of, its history and culture.


Our Goals


Research, document, and preserve the history of Rainier Valley.


Develop knowledge and understanding of the multi-ethnic history of the area.


Foster pride in Rainier Valley’s unique heritage.


Maintain and add to our permanent archive of oral histories, photographs, documents, and artifacts relating to the Rainier Valley.

Land Acknowledgement:

​Rainier Valley Historical Society acknowledges the land our mission statement refers to as Rainier Valley is the original home of the Duwamish and Coast Salish peoples. We recognize the reverberations of colonialism past and present and the painful history of forced removal of these groups. Through this acknowledgment, we hope to honor and respect the Indigenous peoples who were, and still are connected to and are stewards of this land.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Rainier Valley Historical Society is dedicated to sharing the stories and histories of the many types of community that make the larger Rainier Valley community a place of diversity and differences.

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Become a Member

Help us preserve and celebrate the history of the Rainier Valley. Be a part of our advocacy for local preservation.

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