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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Olympia’s oldest home, built 1850s

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATickets for and information about the 2014 Holiday Tour of Homes are now available! An Olympia tradition for over 20 years, this year’s tour  provides great opportunities to explore houses that were built near the Bigelow House around the turn of the 20th century as well as two of the most iconic late 19th century homes in Olympia–both constructed in 1893 by prominent craftsmen.  The important heritage of the plywood industry is represented by the home of one of the original members of the Olympia Veneer cooperative.  An unusually large and interesting Craftsman style home is also featured.  Of special note is the grand opening of the restored upstairs Gothic bedroom in the Bigelow House– made possible through a grant from the Thurston County Heritage program.  It would not be the holidays without a chance to visit Olympia’s treasured Bigelow House.  As a benefit, all of the net proceeds from the tour benefit the work of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. Visit our Tour of Homes webpage for information on the homes and how to purchase tickets, including a new on-line purchasing option.