Gift Shop

The Monroe Historical Society has a variety of historic pamphlets, books, DVDs, and photo items for sale at our museum. A sampling is listed below. These and other items may be purchased at the museum or shipped to you. Please contact us for shipping details.

early monroe
Early Monroe,
by Dexter Taylor,
Cost: $22

From Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, this beautiful 128 page book contains 200 historic photographs, maps, and other images from Monroe’s first hundred years.


First 50 Years
Monroe, The First Fifty Years
by Nellie Robertson,
Cost: $20

This work contains 124 pages filled with fun stories and recounts of life in Monroe year by year, from 1860 to 1910. Largely taken from articles published at the time in the Monroe Monitor, with numerous photographs.


Monroe, Next 30 Years
Monroe, The Next Thirty Years
by Nellie Robertson
Cost: $20

This 140 page work is the sequel to Nellie’s publication on early Monroe, covering the years 1911 through 1940. Year by year happenings in the area, with photographs and index.


First 25 YearsThe First Twenty Five, Local History Series,
by Bill Wojciechowski, $15

This small booklet was developed to provide a short, easy reading but factual history of the places, people and events that formed a part of Monroe. Typical topics cover the mayors, early doctors and dentists, the hospitals, railroads, saw mills, pioneer schools, etc.



The Next Ten, Local History Series,
By Bill Wojciechowski,
cost $12

A continuation of the series, this booklet covers the crossing of Stevens Pass by rail, military forts along the Snoqualmie, keeping time, Monroe baseball, early hotels, the Monroe Canning Company, Thedinga Hardware, Skykomish River bridges, Monroe geology, and Monroe creameries.

Other booklets by Bill Wojciechowski include The Frye Lettuce Farm, 1925 – 1940, $8; Snohomish County Fairs, 1874 – 2008, $5; and Monroe Area Pioneers, Old Timers, and Other Noted Citizens, 1860 – 1900, $12



County History
Snohomish County Illustrated History,
By David Cameron, Charles LeWarne, M. Annan May, Jack O’Donnell, and Lawrence O’Donnell, $49.95

Exhaustive work, covering the history of Snohomish County, its beginnings and its inhabitants, 1849 – 2004. Over 400 pages, hardcover.


maltby and neighborsMaltby and Neighbors,
By Elsie Mann, $25

An award winning work, over 200 pages long, exhaustively researched and written by Elsie Mann, local historian.  Covers the period from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s; includes photographs; fully indexed.


Monroe Historical Society
Monroe Cemeteries,
By Dexter Taylor, $20

This book includes a brief history of local cemeteries, photos, maps and a complete listing of all known burials up to 2007.


Monroe Historical SocietySalem Woods School, Symbol of Community Survival, $10, DVD
A history of Monroe, and particularly, the Woods Creek district. The program was written and produced by Nancy Moore Rockafellar with narrations by Emil Anderson, Mildred Brame, Nels Carlson, Paul Graden, and Paul Wagner. Ron Carraher was the design and photography consultant and Patrick McClatchy was the historical consultant.


Monroe Historical SocietySky Valley Speedway, $10, DVD

A two disc set – a one hour film by Bob Williams and a CD with 160 photos from the scrapbook of Lavette Moser. Drivers and fans met at this homegrown dirt racetrack every week from 1957 to 1977 for a dust-raising good time.



Monroe Historical SocietyWashington State Reformatory, A Historical Perspective, $10, DVD

This nearly one hour fascinating work, which includes old newsreel and photographs, was done for the centennial of the prison in 2010 by Marjorie Petersen, with assistance from Monroe Correctional Complex and Edmonds Community College.


Monroe Historical SocietyMatted Prints, $20

Choose from a selection of nicely matted prints taken from our vast photo collection. Each print includes a printed description of the photo on the back.