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Published 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.

If you love podcasts, don't miss Columbia Conversations, hosted by COLUMBIA magazine's editor Feliks Banel and featuring interviews of the magazine's writers and contributors along with historic audio recordings. You can find Columbia Conversations on SoundCloud.

Download a PDF of the current cover story, Inside the Red Zone: Jeff Renner remembers the eruption of Mount St. Helens. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that event! You can also dig into past issues, here.

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Become a WSHS member and receive COLUMBIA Magazine quarterly, in your mail!

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 can also be mailed to magazine subscribers.

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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A one-year subscription to COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History is only $35 and includes four quarterly issues. Note: this is not a Historical Society membership, but a magazine subscription only. See button at top of page if you'd like to become a WSHS member and receive the magazine as a membership benefit.

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If you would like your organization to carry COLUMBIA for its members, contact Marketing and Communications Director Julianna Verboort at 253-798-5902 or  

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An affordable choice for publishers, academic institutions, specialized book sellers, history/heritage organizations and retailers who would like to reach an educated, culturally curious audience. Contact Marketing and Communications Director Julianna Verboort at 253-798-5902 or for details.

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Permission to Reprint Articles from COLUMBIA Magazine

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

Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

Direct requests to:
Editor, COLUMBIA Magazine 
Washington State Historical Society 
1911 Pacific Avenue 
Tacoma, WA 98402 


Feliks Banel, Editor 
Julianna Verboort, Marketing and Communications Director
Lorraine Rath, Graphic Design


Margaret Weatherbee, Head of Museum Collections
Edward Nolan, Curator of Special Collections
Nancy Jackson, Curator of Museum Collections

Founding Editor

John M. McClelland Jr.