Heritage Resources

For more information on Heritage Resources, contact Allison Campbell at 253-798-5919 or

Heritage Workshops

Workshops provide training in the skills needed to operate small to medium-size museums and heritage organizations. Workshop presenters are experts in their fields with an ability to provide practical, hands-on learning. Washington State Historical Society partners with organizations to offer professional development statewide.

Check here for upcoming workshops or contact Allison Campbell for more information at 253-798-5919 or

Arts and Heritage Day Workshops

February 4, 2020, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Lord Mansion, Olympia
$15 includes lunch

Heritage professionals and volunteers are invited to join the Washington State Historical Society for a day of workshops and networking on February 4th at the Lord Mansion in Olympia. There will be presentations on celebrating women’s suffrage in your community, the Heritage Capital Projects grant, tips for emergency preparedness and a small museums roundtable covering topics including collections care, volunteer recruitment and membership programs. 

The workshops will be followed by a reception hosted by the Washington Museum Association.

For more details and to register visit

Heritage Conferences

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Our conferences combine excellent regional academic and public history presentations to offer a diverse array of session and seminars. The venerable Pacific Northwest History Conference, offered continuously since 1947, brings together scholars, students, and the interested public to discuss and debate new perspectives on Northwest history. The Washington heritage conference, offered occasionally, brings together representatives from organizations doing the varied heritage work of our state to discuss current issues, explore opportunities, and exchange ideas and innovations. As of 2010 the heritage conference has been combined with the Pacific Northwest History Conference to create an exciting convergence of public and academic history with museum best practices. Check here for upcoming conference information.


Heritage Capital Projects Fund

Since 1997, the Washington State Historical Society has administered nearly $80 million in Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grants.  Grant funds have been used to build museums, restore historic structures, and interpret and preserve the heritage of the state.  These grant projects enhance local economies through job creation and purchasing while adding to the unique character of Washington's varied towns and cities. Recipients of HCP grants need to provide two dollars of match for each dollar of state funding. The deadline for submission is in early May of each even-numbered year.

For more information on the Heritage Capital Projects Fund, contact Lissa Kramer at 253-798-5909 or

Heritage E-Bulletin

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Our monthly Washington State Heritage e-Bulletin provides a compendium of information of particular interest to the heritage community. Sign-up to receive the e-bulletin today!

Heritage Caucus

The Heritage Caucus meets regularly while the Washington State Legislature is in session to discuss heritage, arts, and other cultural and recreational issues. Organized in 1990, the Caucus is a bipartisan gathering of state legislators and other elected officials; staff from state heritage, arts, and cultural agencies, and nonprofit organizations; and citizens interested in supporting Washington’s cultural, heritage and the arts. The Heritage Caucus is co-chaired by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-15th) and Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-24th), and co-staffed by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State Arts Commission. To receive email notification of Heritage Caucus meetings and related legislative news, contact Allison Campbell at 253-798-5919 or