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.
Second 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 now for sale. Click here to order your copy today!
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 books are $38.29 for softbound and $49.23 for hardbound (including local sales tax and mailing and handling costs). The books will also be available for pickup at the Bigelow House at 918 Glass Avenue NE for $32.82 for softbound and $43.76 hardbound (including local sales tax) on December 12 and 19th from 1 to 3 pm. If picking up, please remember to wear a mask.
Thurston County: Water, Woods & Prairies ordering and update information is available here or e-mail: email@example.com. The book is also available from the following organizations and retail outfits:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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