Lifelong learners love history. WSHS offers a variety of ways for you to engage with the rich, diverse communities and stories of Washington State. Explore exhibitions and programs at the History Museum, read COLUMBIA Magazine, participate in online programs, and much more. Scroll through the slideshow below to link to resources.

Do you have suggestions for adult learning opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to see! Contact Program Manager Michael King at


    Check the Historical Society’s website for upcoming events at the museum and online, from Scholarly Selections presentations to the annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival and more. We host programs every month, so check back often!

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    Scholarly Selections is a series of talks presented by professors and researchers from the University of Washington Tacoma. Scholarly Selections are held on FREE Third Thursday evenings at the Washington State History Museum from September through May. These presentations offer the opportunity to hear from UWT professors, graduate students, and researchers about the interesting topics they’re exploring.

    During COVID, Scholarly Selections programs have been held online, and you can see those recordings on our YouTube channel (as well as other recorded public programs from WSHS).

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    COLUMBIA Magazine features fascinating articles on a wide variety of Pacific Northwest history topics. You’ll enjoy the historic photographs, maps, and ephemera, too. The magazine’s archives provide a valuable resource for research and leisure reading. For on-the-go Washington history, try the COLUMBIA Conversations podcast to hear from historians, researchers, curators, and others. COLUMBIA Magazine is mailed FREE to members, and annual subscriptions are also available. It makes a great gift for history lovers!

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    Download our FREE app to a smartphone or use it on your desktop computer. The app can be used both in the museum and remotely to learn more about highlights in our exhibitions.

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    Our digital collections database puts thousands of historical items at your fingertips! Ephemera, artifacts, recordings, and more. It’s a terrific history research resource.

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    Who works at the Historical Society? Well, a bunch of history nerds, of course! We know our communities love to read and we’re eager to share recommendations for great books about history in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Check back often for new Staff Picks.

    History Booklist


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    Explore the Historical Society’s upcoming virtual programs, online exhibits, and virtual museum gallery tours. Check back often for new exhibits, programs, and tours!

    Virtual and Online Learning
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    Did you know that you can get a discount on admission for groups of 10 or more? Yep! It’s just $10 per person. So gather your friends, colleagues, and community members and make a day of it. Let the admissions staff know you’ve got a group and they’ll provide the discount.

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