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Northwest Osteopathic Medical Museum


The Historic Gibbon Home The Gibbon General Store circa 1900

There are few buildings in Maple Valley that have maintained such a stately presence in the community for over a century, as has the Gibbon Building located at 22520 SE 218th Street.

Cedar River Bridge

Built in 1907, it was the residence of the Gibbon family and was located next to the Gibbon General Store, a busy hub and Maple Valley landmark during the early 1900s. During this time, Maple Valley was the focal point of the railroad, logging, and farming industries in this community.

In 1959, the store was moved, temporarily, to a field to the west of its original location, and then later to its present location as a historic exhibit at the Maple Valley Community Center. In 1949, Gibbon residence was moved down the hill from its original location (on Hwy 169, where the Maple Valley Market Store is now located) to its present location.. The Gibbon residence had several owners and was eventually beautifully restored by Curtis and Mrs. Lang (Curtis Lang Custom Homes, Inc). The restoration did a masterful job of preserving many features of the building’s original architecture.

Gibbon Building Today

In 2006, Dale and Betty Alsager, who were attracted by the building’s rich heritage and convenient location, acquired the building. The Gibbon Building now houses an osteopathic medical practice with its own unique and colorful history. Osteopathic medicine dates back to 1874 when Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a Missouri physician, founded this unique and holistic medical discipline geared to the needs of rural communities. Osteopathic physicians (called DOs rather than MDs) are fully licensed physicians who attend specialized medical colleges where they learn osteopathic manipulation techniques and philosophy in addition to the regular medical school curriculum. D.O.s are fully licensed physicians in Washington state. The Alsagers, during their medical training in northeast Missouri, managed the Still National Osteopathic Museum, on the same campus, in Kirksville, MO, where the nation’s first osteopathic medical college is located. The Still National Osteopathic Museum represents the nation’s largest collection of osteopathic history records and memorabilia. The Gibbon Building is now home to an impressive collection of historical medical artifacts and collectables unique to the osteopathic medical profession.

Medical History Artifacts Antique Microscope
Historic Medical Instruments Historic Medical Instruments
Exhibit Portrait of William Garner Sutherland

“Our museum collection is probably one of the largest private medical history collections in the western US,” says Betty Alsager, clinic manager and expert on osteopathic medical history.

 Historic Osteopatic Medical Textbooks 
History of Medicine McManis Treatment Table 1913 Model
Antique Glass Syringes History of Medicine Display

“We’re gradually adding to our exhibits which are now tastefully displayed throughout the clinic on two floors. We still have much more material to display, still in boxes awaiting time and attention. Museum work, as you know, is very much a labor of love,” says Betty Alsager who was the director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville, MO for approximately four years. The Alsagers are life members and strong supporters of the Still National Osteopathic Museum.

Dr. Still & Buffalo Bill Dr. Still & Helen Keller Dr. Still & Mark Twain
Osteopatic Physicians Are Special Osteopatic Patients Are Special Too

The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Museum is currently closed while our collection is being cleaned, and renovated. For information about guided tours, or our future hours for public viewing call 206-910-0907.

NOTICE: The NW Osteopathic Museum is moving to a new home. Watch this site for news about the new location!!


Links to the History of Osteopathic Medicine:

Still National Osteopathic Museum
American Osteopathic Association


Mailing Address

PO BOX 1010
Maple Valley WA, 98038


Phone
206.910.0907