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.
Mark your calendars for History in the Garden Tour of Bigelow House on August 15!
The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum invites you to a special, all-outdoor History in the Garden Tour on Sunday August 15, 2021 from 1 to 3 pm at the Bigelow House Museum, 918 Glass Avenue NE in Olympia. Admission to the event is by donation and masks are required for unvaccinated attendees.
Visitors will enjoy six sites around the house to view the gardens and meet first-person, costumed interpreters relating the history of the house, its residents and their relationship to women’s voting rights in Washington. National suffragist Susan B. Anthony visited the Bigelow House in 1871 and most Washington women permanently won the right to vote in 1910 and most women nationally attained voting rights with the ratification of the federal 19th amendment in 1920.
Featured by presenters will be: Margaret Bigelow and Seven Oars; Susan B. Anthony, Abigail Scott Duniway, and Nettie Asberry; Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow, Margaret Stewart White Ruddell, Daniel Bigelow, and Ruth Bigelow Wright.
Pictured in above image: Bigelow House 1905 showing Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow (second from right) with daughters Margaret (at right) and Ruth (third from right).
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