Below are our affiliate members and partner organizations. Click here to find out how your Washington State museum or local historical society can join, or contact Membership Coordinator Julia White at 253-798-5894.
The Appelo Archives Center is dedicated to encouraging the study of the rich history of the Naselle-Grays River Valley and it's surrounding areas by preserving collections, sponsoring community and educational activities, facilitating genealogical research, and fostering Scandinavian studies, with an emphasis on Finnish-American heritage.
Anacortes Museum and Maritime Heritage Center
Founded in 1958 and established at the Carnegie Library building in 1968, the Museum is a department of the City of Anacortes. In 1983, following a successful bid, the City acquired the National Historic Landmark vessel, the W.T. Preston, as part of the Anacortes Museum. In 2005, the Maritime Heritage Center opened to interpret the history of the W.T. Preston.
Our mission is to bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education and business.Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) serves as an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international communities. APCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was formed in November 1996 from the vision of a small group of citizens representing three generations of Americans from Asian and Pacific Islanders heritage. APCC represents 47 countries and cultures, offering programs and services honoring their distinct artistry, business protocols, history and social practices.
The Boundary Museum Society was established in 1958, and incorporated in 1980. From its inception, we have striven to preserve and promote the history of the Boundary area in an engaging, accessible manner that adds value to the local community. We currently operate a number of exhibits and sites throughout the Boundary region, including our main museum site at the Fructova Heritage Site, the Heritage Flour Mill, an outdoor exhibit in Gyro Park in downtown Grand Forks and a visual photo collection along with showcased artifacts at the Christina Lake Welcome Centre.
Since 1948, the Clallam County Historical Society has been dedicated to keeping the history of the north Olympic Peninsula alive. The Society actively collects artifacts pertaining to Clallam County, operates a research library, and tells the story of our county in the exhibits at The Museum at the Carnegie.
The purposes of the Des Moines Historical Society include the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the greater Des Moines area of Southern King County, State of Washington. Located on the eastern shore of Puget Sound, midway between Seattle and Tacoma, Des Moines' history dates from about 1867.
Fort Nisqually is a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century and engage visitors in historic dialogue. Discover what life was like in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually, the region’s premier living history museum. This Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was the first non-Native settlement on Puget Sound.
The volunteers and staff at the Franklin County Historical Museum are dedicated to the preservation of Franklin County’s past. Housed in the former Carnegie Library in Pasco, exhibits feature Native American artifacts, information on Lewis & Clark’s Corp of Discovery, railroad development, agriculture, irrigation, area ferries and bridges, aviation and health care, as well as a wealth of local artifacts and photos.
The Foothills Historical Museum (City of Buckley)
For more than three decades the Foothills Historical Society has built its collections and transformed exhibit spaces to enrich visitors and students with a broader understanding of our community's history. Setting on the plateau between the Carbon and White Rivers, Buckley became the transportation hub for a booming economy based on logging, coal mining and farming. The railroad opened up the heavily forested area to farmers, mill workers, miners, and lumberjacks. Settlements filled with a multinational population in company towns like Wilkeson, Carbonado, Hope, Fairfax, Melmont, South Prairie and Burnett. Foothills Museum is dedicated to telling their stories.
Historic Fort Steilacoom Association
Fort Steilacoom played a significant role in the settling of Washington Territory beginning with its construction in 1849 and ending with its closure in 1868. Today, the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association seeks to interpret and preserve the fort’s remaining structures, reminding current and future generations of the fort’s contributions to the history of the United States.
The Harbor History Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities to experience the Gig Harbor Peninsula by collecting, preserving and sharing its history. The Harbor History Museum strives to also serve as a gathering space for the community and bring the peninsula's rich heritage to life.
Hiram M. Chittenden Ballard Locks
More than a century ago, the City of Seattle and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined forces to create a commercial navigation route to develop Seattle.Today, the Locks contribute over $1.2 billion annually to the Seattle economy. Boats 'lock thru' 24 hours a day. Salmon runs passing through the locks and fish ladder can exceed 150,000 adult salmon per year. Ballard Locks is a top tourist site with over 1.3 million visitors per year.
You are invited to discover our community’s origins and its soul through innovative programs that enrich, delight, and surprise. Whatever your interests, there is something at the Historic Trust that will appeal to your senses. The HIstoric Trust in Vancouver presents patriotic events and hosts walking tours at Fort Vancouver, provides resources for history research and displays, and provides learning opportunities.
Through the efforts of a determined group of historically-minded Kitsap County residents, the Kitsap County Historical Society was founded in 1948. The group immediately set to work preserving Kitsap County's heritage and sharing local history with the public. In addition to its flagship museum in Bremerton, the KCHS has additional exhibit space at the fairgrounds.
The Kittitas County Historical Museum exists to collect and preserve materials, which may help establish, illustrate, and educate about the history of Kittitas County, and to provide accessibility to all who wish to examine or study it, as well as to disseminate historical information and arouse interest in Kittitas County history through exhibit and interpretation.
The Lakewood Historical Society operates the small storefront museum located in the Colonial Center in the heart of Lakewood. It brings to life Lakewood area history from its prehistoric period to the present time. Displays will feature natural history and geology, Native Americans, homesteaders to high-society, immigrant communities, local landmarks and more.
Documenting extraordinary stories in Washington history, this collaborative venture relies on original sources at the Washington State Library, the Washington State Archives and heritage organizations across the state. The work of Legacy Washington can be found in libraries around the country and museums of Washington.
The Okanogan County Historical Society (OCHS) was formed in 1963 to preserve and disseminate the colorful heritage of Okanogan County in North Central Washington State. The Society's headquarters are in the Wilson Historical Research Center adjacent to the Okanogan County Historical Museum. This building also houses the Okanogan County Genealogical Society.
The Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable is dedicated to the study of all aspects of the American Civil War, bringing together those who wish to expand and share their knowledge, as we promote the interchange of ideas. The only requirement for membership is a genuine interest in the American Civil War and its era.
Our Museum, located at 1008 W Robert Bush Drive in South Bend, WA is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our collections include about 10,000 photos, a library of 300 published historical volumes, and about 1500 historical and natural history objects. Collecting areas include natural history, local Indian history, communities, maritime, cultural history, and more.
The mission of Points Northeast Historical Society is to preserve, promote and celebrate the history of Browns Point, Dash Point, and Northeast Tacoma by collecting and exhibiting historical records and artifacts of Browns Point, Dash Point and NE Tacoma, encouraging the preservation and public access to historical sites and landmarks, educating children and adults to appreciate our local heritage, and sponsoring and participating in community events.
The Lelooska Foundation
Since its creation in 1977 has sponsored a variety of educational programs aimed at preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Native Peoples of North America. Students, parents, teachers and the general public have been able to learn through living history programs, workshops, classes and museum tours offered throughout the year.
Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center (MAC) is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the Columbia Basin and celebrating the works of regional artists. Originally founded as the Adam East Museum in 1958, the museum is home to the Adam East Collection of Native American artifacts, local history exhibits, a fine art gallery, museum store and a giant Columbian Mammoth metal sculpture. Now a program of the Moses Lake Parks & Recreation Department, the museum is housed in the Moses Lake Civic Center.
National Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum shares Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences, and serving as a community gathering place. The Nordic Museum shares Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences, and serving as a community gathering place.
Onyx Fine Arts
Onyx is organized by the voluntary efforts of a group of artists and supporters committed to celebrate and promote the visual artwork of artists of African descent. Funding in past years had come principally from artist’s entry fees and grants. Recently however, Onyx has been encouraged by the support of local government, business leaders and private donors who realize the value brought to the community through such exhibits. The mission of Onyx is to give greater visibility and opportunities to artists of African descent.
Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum
We are actively engaged in researching and presenting the stories from our past to enrich the present and inform the future of Olympia. The Bigelow House Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory. It is the oldest residence in Olympia and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.
Quilcene Historical Museum
The Quilcene Historical Museum is a multi-purpose institution providing amazing concerts and events, and works in conjunction with other area celebrations throughout the year. During our open season – April through September – our docent volunteers welcome hundreds of visitors. Annually over 1000 guests from 67 Washington cities and towns toured our exhibitions.
We are recognized as a primary source of historical information in the greater Redmond area. Redmond Historical Society serves the community through stewardship: collecting, preserving and sharing Redmond’s unique heritage. Our membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the mission of the Society and learning more about local, regional and state history.
The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association
This organization opened on October 1, 1970 with a mission of preservation and conservation in the Town of Steilacoom. A modern museum was constructed in 2001-2003 on the Nathaniel Orr property. Rotating exhibits depict the history of Steilacoom and its role in territorial Washington. Educational experiences are a priority and include book reviews, lectures, antiques identification, field trips, workshops, and school group tours. New members are welcome to join and be part of this active organization which continues to preserve Steilacoom’s rich heritage.
University Place Historical Society
The University Place Historical Society is organized to create a permanent means to collect, organize and preserve the history of the community of University Place; insure the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the City and its institutions, as well as its historical buildings, monuments and markers; and provide educational opportunities for the public relating to the City's history.
The White Pass Country Historical Museum's collection includes historical artifacts, photos, and documents from the underwater town of Kosmos to the summit of White Pass. Included in our exhibits is information on local geographical features, the major events and the local residents who have shaped the history of the area. Exhibits change regularly so visit often. Summer hours, starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend, are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Winter hours start the Saturday following Labor Day and are Saturdays from Noon to 4 PM.
Located in Yakima’s beautiful Franklin Park, the Yakima Valley Museum offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley—its natural history, Plateau cultural objects, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. The exhibits at the Yakima Valley Museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Yakima Valley.