As a 501(c)3 organization, the Monroe Historical Society is required to receive a large portion of its budget from donations. Monetary donations, as well as paying for more glamorous capital projects, help fund such mundane things as insurance, taxes, and utilities. Donations of time keep the society operating, donations of historic items enrich our holdings, and donations of useful items mean we have to spend less of our resources. We also accept donations of items we can sell to raise money.

Historic items we can accept : Items must be relevant to the history of the Monroe area.

Why you should donate: The Monroe Historical Society is the only organization specifically working to preserve and share the history of the Monroe, Washington, area. Its museum is the repository of hundreds of local photographs, oral histories, publications, and other items. Without this treasure there would little ability for people to attend a local history program, to access a repository of historic photos, maps, and other items, to research a family member, or to find information on the old house they just bought, just to name a few benefits.

Capital projects: Some of our larger fundraisers help pay for capital improvements to Old City Hall, where our museum is located. These have included a new roof (photo below), new flashing and gutters, brickwork, a new heating system, electrical upgrades, painting, and repair of the front overhang. We are currently raising funds for new lighting in the museum and plumbing upgrades.

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Installing new roofing, flashing on Old City Hall


Now you can donate to Monroe Historical Society simply by shopping! Fred Meyer stores donate a portion of the money you spend to a non-profit of your choice. FredMeyerRewardsSimply go to and link your rewards card to Monroe Historical Society – you can link by name or by our non-profit number [85404]. You still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates. You can also sign up at the customer service desk.

Amazon will also donate a portion of sales to  the society, using AmazonSmile: and choosing Monroe Historical Society.  Every little bit helps!