Become a memberPublished for members since 1987, COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History features generously illustrated articles by leading writers and scholars on a wide variety of historical topics. The magazine examines the continuing dialogue between past and present as well as the relationship between local history and the broad pattern of regional or national events. 

COLUMBIA Conversations is a new podcast series launched in March, 2018, takes readers beyond the printed page. COLUMBIA's editor Feliks Banel interviews contributors to the magazine and talks with interesting Northwesterners about the people, places, and events of Washington's past and their influences on today. 

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A valued benefit of Historical Society membership, COLUMBIA includes commentaries and book reviews, historical photographs, maps, drawings, paintings, and ephemera, often from the Society’s own collections. Members receive COLUMBIA in their mail boxes four times per year.

The magazine is also mailed to subscribers who are not members (see below to subscribe to the magazine only).

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AASLH Award of Merit

COLUMBIA received a Board Award of Excellence from the Washington Museum Association in 2015 and a Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 2016.


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The Washington State Historical Society holds the copyright to the entire contents of COLUMBIA. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without the Historical Society's written permission.

To request permission, send a letter to:
Editor, COLUMBIA Magazine
Washington State Historical Society 
1911 Pacific Avenue 
Tacoma, WA 98402

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The Washington State Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis
of disability in itsADA sign program delivery. COLUMBIA is available in an alternative format upon request.

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Editor, COLUMBIA Magazine 
Washington State Historical Society 
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Feliks Banel, Editor 
Julianna Verboort, Marketing and Communications Director
Erich Ebel, External Affairs and Sales Director
Lorraine Rath, Graphic Design
Julia White, Membership


Lynette Miller, Head of Museum Collections
Edward Nolan, Curator of Special Collections
Nancy Jackson, Curator of Museum Collections

Founding Editor

John M. McClelland Jr. (1915–2010)