Monroe Historical Archives

Our Collections

Pieces of the past.
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207 East Main Street 
Monroe, Washington 
Hours: 12 - 3 pm 
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 

Our Photos

An online sampling of our thousands of historical photographs. Stop by the Museum and see them all!


Use our mapping system to compare everything from homestead lines to modern aerial photographs!

The Monroe Historical Society holds rich, varied, and ever-growing collections of objects, published materials, images, maps, and manuscripts relating to Monroe’s history and genealogy, dating from earliest settlements to the present. By actively acquiring objects and papers, we maintain a diverse permanent collection for use in exhibits, education, and research.

Our staff and volunteers are always working to input information into our collection databases, but it’s a work in progress. Stop by our museum to see our full collections and get a close up look at Monroe’s history.

If you have items to donate, please contact us at (360) 217-7223 or

Photo Archives

Over 3,000 photographs covering Monroe’s entire history.

Museum Artifacts

We preserve, catalog and research objects for use in our exhibits and educational programs.  Free admission.


The Monroe Historical Society has over 30 yearbooks in PDF format, and we’re continuing to collect more.


Original diaries, letters, documents, ledgers, maps, daybooks, genealogies, photographs, drawings, other related materials.


From homestead property boundaries to transportation routes, maps are a great way to learn about history.


Monroe’s primary newspaper, the Monroe Monitor, began publication in 1899 and is still in print. The archives includes issues through 1999.

Audio / Video

Recorded interviews pertaining to a wide range of topics in a variety of formats.


This list represents a small sampling of the stories collected by and available through the Monroe Historical Society.


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