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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.

WSHS members receive COLUMBIA as a member benefit, mailed to their homes four times a year! Magazine subscriptions are also available, and make a great gift for the history lovers in your life.

Read COLUMBIA and experience the dialogue between past and present. Explore the relationships between local history and regional or national events. Stay up-to-date with heritage happenings around Washington. Find reviews of recent books, films and other media about Pacific Northwest history. Get a glimpse of artifacts, maps, historical photographs, ephemera and more from WSHS’s collections and other collections around the Northwest.

Subscribe to COLUMBIA – just $35/year! Become a member and get COLUMBIA

You can also purchase issues published during the past two years by emailing Issued published prior to two years ago are available as PDFs here.

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.

Heritage Organizations

Would your members enjoy reading COLUMBIA Magazine? If you would like your organization to carry COLUMBIA Magazine for its members, contact Marketing and Communications Director Julianna Verboort at 253-343-7004 or

Reader Comment? Address Update?

E-mail the COLUMBIA Office or call 253-343-7004.

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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.

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Access Archived Issues

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.

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For Authors & Advertisers

Want to write for COLUMBIA, or connect with our audience through an advertisement in this award-winning history journal? View our writer and advertiser guidelines.

For writers: Submission Guidelines Advertising rates and specifications

Additional Information

Reprinting Permission

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.

To request permission, send a letter to:

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

Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

Direct requests to:

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



Founding Editor

John M. McClelland Jr., (1915–2010)