We publish and mail out over a 1000 copies of our  newsletter twice each year.

The Sun River Valley Historical Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.  Thank you for your support.


If you are interested and  able, we want your help.  We can always use assistance.  Just come to our meetings and let it be known that you are available, or just show up when we send out a call by letter or Facebook.


Normally our meetings are on the first Monday of the month September thru May, excluding December. 

The Sun River Valley Historical Society


President: Burnette Batista

Vice President: Lynn Rohrer

Secretary: Cari Sheldon

Treasurer: Sue Williams

w/Board of 8 Directors

We'd love to have you join us.  Come on out!


Our mission is to preserve historic Fort Shaw and record the history of the valley. 


The Society was founded in 1977 with a goal of recording the history of the valley and preserving the  Fort Shaw Military Fort.  The Society has published two books.  The first, A Pictorial History of The Sun River Valley published in 1989.  Our recent publication, Sun River Valley History II just came out this past year.  Both publications have been very well received, with copies shipped all over the country.

We have done much over the years to save and stabilize the two remaining officers buildings, the bakery and wash houses. A couple years ago we had a new roof put on one of the officers buildings and recently had a new roof put on the bakery.

We are fortunate to have a decades long lease on the buildings and grounds.  We've had Historic Structures Reports done and are in the process of costly building improvements.

In 2004 we proudly erected and dedicated a monument to the Fort Shaw Indian Girls World's Basketball Championship team.  In 2017 we had a wonderful 150th Anniversary Celebration.  See related pages.

You will find many pictures and postings on our Sun River Valley Historical Society page on Facebook.

President of the Society: Burnette Batista

Recent Programs

We're continually working hard to make improvements at the Fort, recording history, and taking on projects.  We have published two books, established a beautiful monument to the Championship Indian Girls' Basketball Team.  Now we are working on building improvements and are planning our 150th Anniversary of the Fort.

Webperson: Chuck Sheldon