Join us in exploring, preserving and promoting Olympia’s history. We are a non-profit membership-based organization 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 the oldest residence in Olympia, Washington, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.
Olympia Armory Storytelling Project Launched!
We are very excited to announce the launch of a year-long effort, the Olympia Armory Storytelling Project. In partnership with the Washington State Military Department, the City of Olympia and others, we are asking members of the public to contribute their memories of the Armory, which will be transitioning to a Creative Campus in 2022. Memories and photographs may be submitted on a form, accessed here, or by emailing email@example.com, with the subject line Armory. Submitted photographs will be displayed and updated regularly in the Storytelling Project’s Gallery. Submissions may be used in displays, videos and other media and will be archived in the Washington State Archives.
In addition to serving the Washington National Guard since the 1930s, the Armory has been central to Olympia’s community history as a well-used venue and gathering place for events such as basketball games, antique sales, pet shows, wrestling matches, car exhibitions, festivals and Inaugural Balls.
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