Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum


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.

Society News

Spring 2022 Printing of Thurston County: Water, Woods and Prairies now available

The popular history Thurston County: Water, Woods & Prairies, which sold out last year, has been reprinted with a new introduction, dedication, and updates and is again for sale by mail order from the Society and Museum.  To order click here.

The 290-page book has more than 250 photographs about the capital county of Washington with essays by local authors about Native Americans, maritime explorers, loggers, early settlers, and farmers, as well as the story of the state capital and contemporary times.

The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum, in partnership with other county heritage organizations, is marketing and distributing the books to promote interest in Thurston County history. The book is also available from the following organizations and retail outfits:

Heritage Partners Selling Books:
Squaxin Island Museum Library Research Center
Call 360-432-3839 or email ljohns@squaxin.us.
150 SE Kwuh-Deegs-Altxw
Kamilche 98584
City of Lacey
Call: 360 413-3557 or email:  equinnva@ci.lacey.wa.us
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
Call: 360 273-5911
Daughters of the Pioneers, Chapter #4
Call: 360 584-4216 or email: sandaolson@outlook.com
Olympia Arts and Heritage Alliance
Call Tom Henderson 360 866-0918
Sacajawea Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Call: 360 798-2348  or email: jcrumpa@gmail.com 
Gate Community Club
Nisqually Tribe
Call: 360-456-5221
Retail Sellers:
Book n’ Brush
call: 360 748-6221 or web: booknbrush.com
518 N. Market Blvd.
Chehalis 98532
Browser’s Bookshop
call: 360 357-7462 or email: browsersbooksolympia@gmail.com
107 Capitol Way North
Olympia 98501
call: 360-357-7177 or email: hello@dreesofolympiacom
524 Washington Street SE
Olympia 98501
Last Word Books
call: 360 786-9673 or web: lastwordbooks.org
111 Cherry St. NE,
Olympia 98501
Orca Books
call: 360 352-0123 or web: orcabook.com
315 5th Avenue SE
Olympia 98501



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Thank you!