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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; its founding editor was John M. McClelland Jr., (1915–2010). The magazine publishes feature stories written in an approachable and enjoyable style, and the archives are a terrific resource for researching the rich history of the Pacific Northwest.

For on-the-go Washington history media, try the COLUMBIA Conversations podcast with host and public historian Feliks Banel interviewing historians, writers, researchers, curators, and others. 

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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.

  • WSHS members receive COLUMBIA free as a member benefit, mailed to their homes four times a year!
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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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Podcast

COLUMBIA Conversations

Love a good history podcast? Check out COLUMBIA Conversations, with host and public historian Feliks Banel interviewing historians, writers, researchers, curators, and others.

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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.

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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.

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