Contract Opportunities

The Washington State Historical Society periodically issues bid proposals for goods and services, including:

  • Request for Quotations/Quotes (RFQ)
  • Request for Qualifications and Quotations/Quotes (RFQQ)
  • Request for Bids/Proposals (RFB/RFP)
  • Letter to Request Bids (LRB)

All bid proposals are posted on WEBS.

Current bid proposals posted

  • Project Title:  Lease Space– Washington State History Museum Gift Shop (RFP NO. WSHS-JK-17-007)

    Proposal Due Date: 
     4:00 PM, November 1, 2017. Revised due November 15, 2017. 
    Download full RFP and addendum via link below to see submiission process and specifications. E-mailed bids will be accepted.  Faxed bids will not.  

    Expected Time Period for Contract: December 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020. The Agency reserves the right to extend the contract for up to two additional three-year periods at the sole discretion of the Agency.

Project Objective: The Washington State Historical Society seeks proposals for a complimentary use of the surplus space at the Washington State History Museum which has previously been utilized as the Museum Store.  WSHS objectives for this space are as follows:

    1. To enhance the total experience of a visit to the Museum
    2. To supplement Museum operating income
    3. To encourage people to visit the facility who would not otherwise come to the Museum

The Society is open to a variety of options for use of this space, including, but not limited to:

    • Museum Store
    • Retail
    • Museum
    • Educational use
    • Gallery
    • Meetings/Events

There are no facilities available to support food handling or preparation in this space, and consequently proposals for food service/restaurants/cafes will not be considered.

Proposals should be complimentary to the Washington State Historical Society mission to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all.

Download full RFP.
Download addendum.


    Proposal Due Date: 
     October 23, 2017 revised due date November 11, 2017 (download Addendum 3, below)
    Download full RFQQ via link below to see submiission process and specifications. 

    Expected Time Period for Contract:
    December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2018. The agency reserves the right to extend the contract for up to two additional one-year periods at the sole discretion of the agency.

    Project Objective: The objective of this RFQQ is to identify the best possible consultant to serve as the editor of COLUMBIA, The Magazine of Northwest History. The ideal consultant will be highly organized and self-motivated, with demonstrated abilities in writing, editing, fact-checking, and proofreading, as well as production and project management. Strong editorial judgment, research capabilities, and extensive familiarity with Pacific Northwest history are essential. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a variety of colleagues is also important. The editor is responsible for driving submissions, developing the content of the magazine, selecting the articles and imagery for each issue, and working with the authors to finalize text. The editor will review article selections and themes for each issue with the AGENCY’s marketing and communications director and work with the graphic designer to finalize layouts in keeping with the magazine’s established style while meeting production deadlines. More detailed information about the tasks involved and the experience and competencies sought can be found in Exhibit B, Scope of Work for Editor of COLUMBIA THE MAGAZINE OF NORTHWEST HISTORY (download a PDF at the link below) 

    Download full RFQQ.