History & Genealogy
Tsceminicum Club Idaho & Local History Room
The Lewiston City Library is home for the Tsceminicum Club Idaho and Local History Room, which is dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the history of Lewiston and the Lewis Clark Valley by providing access to a special collection relating to the history of the area. The collection contains material relevant to the tracing of one’s ancestry, the people and history of Lewiston and Nez Perce County, the Inland Northwest, and the Nez Perce Tribe. Selection criteria include relevance to local history, available space to house the materials, quality of the physical form of the material, and non-duplication of material within the collection. Every effort is made to make the collection as accessible to the public as possible, but due to the nature of this collection, many materials are non-circulating and must be used inside the Tsceminicum Club Local History Room.
Are you researching your ancestors? Filling in your family tree? Our knowledgable volunteers from the Twin Rivers Genealogy Society are available to help! Stop by during the hours listed below to learn tips and tricks to trace your history journey. All questions are welcome, however we also have a topic of the week to help steer your inquiry.
- Mondays: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
- Tuesdays: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
- Thursdays: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
- Week of 10/11: Getting Started, Overview of Resources and Organization
- Week of 10/18: Cemeteries and Genealogy Research
- Week of 10/25: Grave Care
- Week of 11/1: Public Trees vs Private Trees
- Week of 11/8: Citing Sources of Information
- Week of 11/15: Internet Resources
- Week of 11/22: Kids Genealogy Activities
- Week of 11/29: Census, Why? - The Who, What, Where and How-to; for your tree.
Local Historical Resources
Preserving the rich heritage of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Camas Prairie, Snake River, Salmon River, and surrounding areas.
The Idaho Association of Museums (IAM) promotes and aids the enrichment and advancement of museums as educational centers, agencies of research, cultural centers, and the ultimate public repositories for objects having cultural, aesthetic, scientific, and historical significance.
Enriching our community through the involvement of citizens and institutions in the discovery, preservation, and sharing of our local history.
Serving Lewiston, Clarkston and the surrounding areas, Twin River Genealogy Society helps others research their families in Nez Perce and Asotin counties.
National Historical Resources
Search America’s historic newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Includes materials from the Lewiston Teller, a historic Lewiston newspaper. Sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.