The mission of the Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) is to study, record, preserve and make available the history of the Parker and surrounding areas by encouraging historic research, recording historic events and sites, promoting preservation and restoration projects, and by publicly displaying historic artifacts and literature. It is the aim of this society to support this goal in accordance with the educational purposes outlined in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding section of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.
Since its inception, PAHS shared local history and culture with the community and preserved as much of the material remains of Parker's past as possible. To achieve this, PAHS holds meetings and lectures, as well as annual outings and events designed to educate the public about early frontier life. PAHS has also been involved in preservation efforts in the town, including Parker's 20 Mile House, which contained the community's first post office. PAHS owns and maintains Parker's only remaining log structure, the Tallman/Newlin Cabin. PAHS holds free, family-oriented events for the public every year, including the popular Parker Quest.
We also have a small museum, the Parker Heritage Center, on the main floor of the Schoolhouse at Mainstreet. There you can find artifact displays, old photos, a short film about Parker's history, and a to-scale diorama depicting the town in 1918. You can tour it yourself any time the building is open (generally Monday to Thursday 10 to 4 and whenever there is programming going on in the building). Or, get in touch and we can meet you down there.
Our current Board of Directors is as follows: Jan Truskolaski, President; Catherine Traffis, Vice President; Ray Traffis, Treasurer; and Robin Thomson, Judy McKenna, James Green, and Curt Carey, Members-at-large.