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.

New! 2015 Holiday Tour of Homes tickets are now on sale for this popular event, held this year on December 6 from noon to 4 PM. Four homes in the Carlyon and Governor Stevens neighborhoods are featured this year, along with the Bigelow House and Crosby House. Link here for information on the tour and how to purchase your tickets. 


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Passing of Co-Founder Genevieve Hupe

We have received news of the passing of Genevieve Hupe, a co-founder of the Olympia Historical Society. Her husband, Russ Hupe, sent this word: “Genevieve has departed on her final Volunteer Adventure. She told her nurse she was ‘ready to leave this place. It’s not because I don’t like it here — It is time.’ She will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery. We all miss her.”

Board president Mark Foutch adds: “The Hupes were part of that Greatest Generation who lived through the Great Depression and brought us victory in World War II, then went on to support their families, neighborhoods, schools and nation through hard work and dedication. That Genevieve cared enough about Olympia’s history to help found the Olympia Historical Society and serve as a leader, even late in life, is further testimony to her character.

“We send condolences to Russ and family, and thank him for sharing this sad news.”

-Mark Foutch, President, Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum Board of Trustees