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Sumner Historical Society ~ The Ryan House Museum

Our annual events

Go to the Events Page

History of Sumner and the valley

Go to the history page

101 years of Sumner’s newspapers

Go to our newspaper archives page

Things to do, places to go in our area

Go to the explore page

Stories from the newspaper archives

Go to the History Book Page

How did we light the tree in 2020?

Go to the tree lighting page

Bits of history from the newspaper archives

Go to our corrspondent page

You, a friend or a family member may be pictured!

Go to the Christmas Pictorial page

Our Mission

To collect, perserve and display books, letters, diaries, photos, clothing and other artifacts of the history of Sumner and surrounding areas.

The 2021-2022 season schedule is yet to be determined due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, please check our website and our Facebook for updates.

This event celebrates seven buildings in our downtown district that have reached the century mark.  In two years, 1921 and 1922, more buildings were added to Main Street than in any other period of Sumner's history.  The Sumner Historical Society has created a virtual tour to celebrate the seven buildings  

The tour tells the stories of the people who built and ran businesses in those buildings over the last one hundred years. It also honors the current business owners who have worked hard to bring people to Sumner to shop.  You can view the tour here.