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.
Olympia Arts and Heritage Alliance
Call Tom Henderson 360 866-0918
Sacajawea Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Call or email jcrumpa@gmail.com 360-798-2348
Gate Community Club
Email:   GateCitySchoolhouse@gmail.com
City of Lacey
Call or email  equinnva@ci.lacey.wa.us 360-413-3557
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation (360) 273-5911
Nisqually Tribe, 360-456-5221
Retail Sellers:
Book n’ Brush 518 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis
Last Word Books  111 Cherry St. NE, Olympia


Thanks to all of you for your support


We would love you to shop local, but if you do happen to be shopping on line, please consider clicking on the Amazon Smile logo and designating us as the beneficiary of this program, where a percentage of your purchase will go to support our programs. 

We also partner with Fred Meyer, and Ralph’s/Bayview Thriftway charitable donation programs. Click on any of the links provided here to be taken to their donation pages. 

Thank you!