Events & Programs
See all upcoming events in the Explore It! quarterly newsletter
These programs are included with admission to the History Museum or $5 for program-only admission. Free to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or email@example.com.
Washington State Historical Society's 125th Birthday Bash!
Saturday, October 8, 2016
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Veterans Day Event: "Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers"
Friday, November 11, 2016
History Happy Hour: Trivia Night!
at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
1904 S Jefferson
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
MUSEO - A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
Wednesday through Sunday
Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall. Ask for a packet at the admissions desk and let the sleuthing begin!
Hunting for Treasures in the Great Hall
Tuesday through Sunday
Ever seen a gold nugget, a plutonium core or an ox yoke? Keen-eyed young visitors are encouraged to pick up a treasure hunter's challenge at the information desk and explore the Great Hall's not-so-hidden treasures of Washington pictured there. A fun, self-directed activity for everyone.
Gallery Talks are your opportunity to meet exhibit curators and learn little-known information about our exhibits or get a behind-the-scenes perspective
A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest
Friday, October 7, 2016
Join exhibit curator Len Balli to hear how the Olympia music scene gave rise to a national movement that forever reshaped music, art, and social norms.
"The Pig War"
Friday, November 4, 2016
During a tense period in U.S.-Great Britain relations, the shooting of a pig on San Juan Island in 1859 brought the two nations to the brink of war. Join WSHS Communications Director and historian Erich Ebel as he explores this curious event in Washington's history.
"The Wellington Avalanche"
Friday, December 2, 2016
Learn more about a dark chapter in Washington's history as WSHS Lead Curator Gwen Whiting discusses the Wellington avalanche, which struck a train depot and remains the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history.
"Forgotten Faces: Tacoma's Jewish Pioneers" with Deb Freedman
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Join us as Deb Freedman shares stories collected during research for her new book Tacoma's Dry Goods and Wet Goods: Nineteenth Century Jewish Pioneers. Prompted by the question, "Grandma, where did you get the pictures," Freedman's book presents the previously undocumented history of Tacoma's Jewish community during the latter half of the 1800s.
"Washington's Wolves" with Diane Gallegos and Linda Saunders
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Join Diane Gallegos and Linda Saunders of Wolf Haven International as they discuss the importance of conserving Washington's wild wolves and providing a sanctuary for those needing rescue. They will also describe new efforts and methods in prairie conservation taking place at their Tenino sanctuary.
"Sex Crimes Legislation: Are We Throwing Logic to the Wind" with Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Since the early 1990s federal and state lawmakers have passed intensive, sweeping legislation on sex crimes. Join Dr. Ackerman, Association Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Washington - Tacoma, as she examines how these laws have impacted our communities and the criminal justice system.
"Poetry, Women & War" with Abby E. Murray
Thursday, November 17, 2016
University of Washington-Tacoma lecturer Abby E. Murray explores landmarks in the poetry of war by women authors from WWII-present.
A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
TUESDAY – SUNDAY
Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall of Washington History. Ask for a packet at the information desk and let the sleuthing begin.
In the Great Hall
AVAILABLE TUESDAY – SUNDAY
Ever seen a gold nugget, a plutonium core, or an ox yoke? Keen-eyed young visitors are encouraged to pick up a treasure hunter’s challenge at the information desk and explore the Great Hall’s not-so-hidden treasures of Washington pictured there. A fun, self-directed activity for everyone.
Model Railroad Operators' Hours
FIRST SATURDAY of every month
11 AM - 4PM
The Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers (PSMRE), the all-volunteer organization that operates the History Museum's permanent model railroad exhibit, holds a special Operators' Hours event on the first Saturday of every month. Operators' Hours is an opportunity to watch the masters at work and ask questions of the model railroad experts!