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.
The Boundary Museum and Interpretive Center
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in an historic Art Deco firehouse, the Renton History Museum offers changing exhibits, programs, publications, and events to share Renton’s stories, past and present. The Museum is situated in historic downtown Renton and is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, offers free parking, and is close to the library and Liberty Park.
Pacific County Historical Society
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.
Our history is bigger than you think. The Spokane Valley Herigtage Museum covers the history of our city and beyond. We tell the stories of the pioneers and orchard farmers from the old Spikane Bridge near Stateline and tales of the settlers from Prairie in the north to Rockford in the south. We offer engaging, informative exhibits introducing you to the people, places and events that made the Valley happen. The Valley's roots lie in the strength, courage and desire of the settlers who were in search of the American dream. Visit and learn more!
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.