Research Washington is the gateway to learning about Washington’s past by exploring objects, publications, ephemera and more. The Washington State Historical Society is home to many unique collections and includes over 70,000 artifacts and half a million images.

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Here you will find the stories of Washington and its connections to the world. Offerings range from complete curriculum units to individual lesson plans and student activities. Our units provide both background materials on specific historical subjects and standards-based projects and assessments.

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Columbia cross section



COLUMBIA Magazine has a rich, 20-year history of producing scholarly and entertaining issues capturing the essence of Northwest history through engaging prose and striking image. Full text articles from back issues are available.

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Women's History Consortium

The Women's History Consortium, created by state statute (RCW 27.34.360) in 2005 as a Washington State Historical Society-led initiative, is dedicated to preserving and making available resources about Washington women's history.

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WSHS Collections

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WSHS Exhibits

View thousands of historic images from our image collections including photographs along the Columbia River, portraits of Native Americans, early maps of the region.

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Four Points Photo



The Four Points of Washington


The Four Points of Washington is a collaborative effort by the Washington State Historical Society and members of the public to present a broad range of digital photography illustrating the rich diversity of our state.

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