Get Involved!

Do you want to become more involved in Olympia’s history and heritage? There are many ways to do so, and we can help. Here are a few:

Join  the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum and help support our website and programs. Membership entitles you to access to the museum as well as receiving our quarterly newsletter and a free copy of the Thurston County Journal, available for pickup at the Bigelow House Museum or our annual meeting. 

Donate to support our programs.

>Mail a check to our address below, bring cash or check to a meeting of the Society and Museum, or when you visit the Bigelow House Museum, or click on the Donate button at the right of this screen to be taken to our Paypal site (Paypal account not required)

PO Box 1821 
Olympia, WA 98507

>Designate us as recipient of community charitable donations when you shop at Fred Meyer or the Stormans Stores,
>Or, if you are making a purchase through Amazon, designate us as your Image result for amazon smile logo recipient. 


Subscribe to our bimonthly bulletins  – free! Contact us using the subject line: subscribe and we’ll add you to our list.

TCTDAttend programs and events on Olympia and Thurston County history presented by the Society and Museum or other organizations – you can find out what’s happening by subscribing to our bulletins (see above) or checking our Calendar or Upcoming Events sidebar. You can even add calendared events to your own Google calendar.


Take a walk! The City of Olympia has walking tour brochures available to view on line or print out. If you want to create your own themed walking tour, check out our Interactive Map where you can look at historic locations and even search by theme.

Visit Olympia’s oldest home, the Bigelow House Museum.

Donate artifacts and documents to our collection [See our collections policy]

Preserve our heritage. If you live in an older home (50 years or more), explore the possibility of having it inventoried and/or listed on the Olympia Heritage Register. Benefits include research assistance, preservation assistance and tips, tax relief and the environmental, historical, and aesthetic advantages of living in a heritage home. 

Volunteer. Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities with the Society and Museum or other organizations. Contact us if you would like to volunteer or add a volunteer opportunity to this list:

  • Volunteer at Bigelow House Museum: contact the volunteer coordinator at
  • Website assistance: review and update links to Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum  website, take photographs for “Where Are We?” listings, write Where Are We? text. Qualifications vary with task.
  • Become a board member. The Nominating Committee for the Board of Trustees seeks energetic, interested folk to join the Board. Contact the Board via email at for more information