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! Membership information for 2015 is now available. Two bits of good news: membership fees have been reduced for individuals, seniors/students, and families! AND you can now apply and/or pay on line! Click here to be taken to our updated membership page. Naturally, you can still pay the old fashioned way with a printed form and check (after all, we are an historical association). And, if you are feeling generous, you can also donate on line by clicking the Donate button at the right hand of every page. Donate by year’s end to receive your charitable deduction for 2014 (to the extent allowed by law).


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Learn more about the Society/Museum, its governance, mission and policies.

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Resources for researching the history and heritage of Olympia

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Olympia’s oldest home, built 1850s

Society and Museum News


Visitors to Meyer-Chitty Home, 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes

There was a great turnout and cooperative weather for the 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes on  December 7. Thank you to the many owners, docents, ticket sellers, organizers, sprucers-up, sponsors, and visitors who made this year’s event one of the most successful ever!