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About This Collection

Connell Heritage is a project of Washington Rural Heritage, a collection of historically significant materials residing in libraries, heritage institutions, and private collections throughout Washington State. The collection includes photographs and documents that tell the story of Connell and surrounding communities of Franklin County, Washington.

Flygare's Garage, Connell, Washington, 1925/Inside Flygare's Garage, Connell, WA, 1925.
Connell Heritage Museum Collection.
If you have comments, corrections, or additional details regarding records in the Connell Heritage Collection, please use the digital collection's public comments feature, or contact the Connell branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries directly.

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Rights & Use

Some of the items in the Connell Heritage collection are under protection of copyright. Please contact Mid-Columbia Libraries (Connell Branch), the Franklin County Graphic, and/or the Connell Heritage Museum for permission to use items in this collection.

By the use of these digital images and texts, users agree to the following:

  • Materials may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior written permission from the copyright holder and/or owning institution. The Washington State Library does not have authority to grant such permission; please contact the holding institution.
  • Materials may be used for purposes of research, teaching, and private study. You must contact the holding institution and copyright owner for permission related to other uses.
  • Credit must be given to the contributing institutions (e.g., 'Photo courtesy of the Connell Heritage Museum.').
  • Materials may not be re-published in print or electronic form without prior written permission from the holding institution and/or copyright owner.
  • Materials may not be mounted on an additional server for public use, or for use by a set of subscribers without written permission from the holding institution and/or copyright owner.

View the Washington Rural Heritage Rights & Use Statement for additional information.

Connell Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries

About the Connell Branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries

As early as 1945, citizens of Connell, Washington were able to check out books at the Connell City Hall. Twenty years later, a committee was formed to research the possibility of forming a library. Much correspondence between committee members and the Washington State Library ensued. A petition was signed by residents who favore the formation of a library in the community. Committee member Betty Mittelstaed wrote in a letter to the editor: "Let us assure our children the opportunity, and take advantage of it ourselves, of becoming better informed citizens, by furnishing the materials and incentives to read." In June of 1965, by a vote of 155 to 60, the residents of Connell voted to contract with Mid-Columbia Library Association for library services. On Tuesday, November 23rd, 1965, the Connell Branch opened in the Welch building on Columbia Avenue where it operated for 28 years. In 1993, with an inmate crew from Coyote Ridge Corrections, the City remodeled the old City and Fire Hall into a new library building. The new building opened in December of 1993 where it is currently located. A mural depicting characters from the book Where the Wild Things Are graces the library courtyard.

The Connell Branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries serves over 5,800 city and county residents. In 2011, almost 38,000 items were checked out and the branch had over 32,000 visitors. As part of Mid-Columbia Libraries, our mission is to enrich our communities by empowering individuals with materials and services for life-long learning and growth, starting at birth. For more information about the Connell Library or other Mid-Columbia Libraries, visit

Connell Heritage Museum

The Museum’s mission is to invest, collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of Connell and the surrounding area. Located in a beautifully restored 1905 Gothic Revival Church, the museum is surrounded by the historical Old Town Park. The Connell Heritage Museum collection includes a display of a wide variety of historical artifacts, pictures, costumes, tools, furniture, oral history DVDs, local history books, maps, pamphlets, obituaries, and school pictures. Also included in the collection is an extensive local newspaper collection covering 1905 ot the present day. The museum is currently planning the CHM Annex to make room for additional historical artifacts. Fundraising and special events are held throughout the year. Open hours are Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, May through September. Appointments are welcome at other times. The Connell Heritage Museum is located at 305 W. Adams Street in Connell, Washington.

Washington Rural Heritage home

Contributing Institutions

Connell Branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries

Connell Branch

Mid-Columbia Libraries

(509) 234-4971

118 N. Columbia

Connell, WA 99326

Connell Heritage Museum

Connell Heritage Museum

(509) 786-3842

305 West Adam St.

Connell, WA 99326

Connell Downtown Development Association

Franklin County Graphic

This project is supported with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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