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

Society and Museum News

Welcome two new members of the Board of Trustees, Don Law and Alan Thompson.

donald.lawAn attorney recently retired from the law firm of Law Lyman Daniel Kammerer and Bogdanovich, Law is a longtime active member of Olympia Kiwanis.  He is a founder of Olympia Area Rowing and served on the boards of Behavioral Health Resources, Olympia Symphony, and the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association.


Thompson, AlanThompson began his professional career in print media and radio, followed by distinguished service as a member of the Washington State House and Senate, and as chief clerk of the House.  He has been a board member of many state and national advisory groups, including the Washington State History Museum.