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COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History features fascinating articles by writers and scholars on a wide variety of Pacific Northwest history topics, and is richly illustrated with historic photographs, maps, documents, and more. The Washington State Historical Society has published this award-winning journal since 1987. For on-the-go Washington history media, listen to dialogues between historians and researchers in the COLUMBIA Conversations podcast.

Are you a scholar or public historian interested in publishing in COLUMBIA? We want to hear from you! Reach out to us with your ideas and inquiries. Scroll down for more information.

Read COLUMBIA and connect the past with the present. Explore relationships between local history and regional or national events. Stay up-to-date with heritage happenings in the Evergreen State. Find reviews of recent and historic books, films, and other media. Enjoy beautiful images of historical photographs, artifacts, maps, ephemera, and more.

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COLUMBIA received a Board Award of Excellence from the Washington Museum Association in 2015 and a Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 2016.

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Native American Heritage Month

Read Shelly Boyd's article "Save the language, and the language will save you"

“Save the language, and the language will save you” was written by Shelly Boyd (Sinixt Nation) and published in the fall 2021 issue of COLUMBIA Magazine. Boyd’s personal essay describes harnessing the power of Indigenous language to strengthen spirit, culture, and existence.
Shelly Boyd is co-founder of The Inchelium Language and Culture Association and Inchelium Language House, both of which are located on the Colville Indian Reservation. Boyd completed undergraduate studies at Eastern Washington University and earned a master’s degree in educational counseling from Gonzaga University in Spokane.
Download Shelly Boyd's article
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COLUMBIA Conversations

If you love podcasts, don’t miss COLUMBIA Conversations, hosted by COLUMBIA Magazine’s editor Feliks Banel and featuring interviews of the magazine’s writers and contributors, historians, archivists and more.

COLUMBIA Conversations
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Download PDFs of previous COLUMBIA issues.

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COLUMBIA Anthology

Online COLUMBIA Anthology

The COLUMBIA Anthology offers a snapshot of Washington history as presented in the pages of COLUMBIA Magazine by our state’s leading scholars.

COLUMBIA Anthology
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The Washington State Historical Society holds the copyright to the entire contents of COLUMBIA. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without the Historical Society’s written permission.

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Editor, COLUMBIA Magazine
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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The Washington State Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its  program delivery. COLUMBIA is available in an alternative format upon request.

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Editor, COLUMBIA Magazine
Washington State Historical Society
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Tacoma, WA 98402



Founding Editor

John M. McClelland Jr., (1915–2010)