OHS-BHM Logo Draft (1)Join us in exploring, preserving and promoting Olympia’s history. We are a non-profit membership-based organization actively engaged in researching and presenting the stories from our past to enrich the present and inform the future of Olympia. The Bigelow House Museum, owned and operated by the Society and Museum, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory.  It is the oldest residence in Olympia, Washington, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.


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Olympia’s oldest home, built 1850s

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OHS&BHM board member SShirley Battan at volunteer event 06-17-2015hirley Battan staffed our table at the June 17 United Way Volunteer Summit at Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  We’re looking for tour guides, help with events and more!  If you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer, please let us know: olyhistory@gmail.com



Aug 2: Open House and Prospective Volunteer Meeting: Public Welcome!docent meeting snip

Ever wanted to lead historical tours? Create interpretive displays?  Help organize local history events?  This is your chance to see what it’s all about! Join us for an informational open house and learn more about volunteer opportunities with OHS&BHM, no experience necessary!  See our volunteer page for more information.

12-4pm: 918 Glass Ave, Olympia WA  98506