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Washington State Historical Society

Categories: Arts & Culture, Education

The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all.


Jennifer Kilmer


1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 798-5900
Email: [email protected]

Founded in 1891, the Historical Society is housed in the Washington State History Museum and the Research Center, both located in Tacoma, Washington. The Historical Society leads multiple outreach programs offering a variety of services to educators, researchers, historians, scholars and lifelong learners across the state and beyond. We engage audiences by presenting innovative educational opportunities including exhibitions, programs, festivals, symposia, seminars, presentations, publications, online curricula and digital resources that make Washington’s history relevant in a national and international context; collecting, preserving, and making accessible materials that represent our history; partnering with varied organizations, agencies, and communities statewide; and encouraging the heritage activities of others.

The Washington State Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Historical Society is also recognized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the State of Washington with enumerated powers.


Annual Budget: $1,000,000 or more

Number of Employees: 31 or more

Accepts Volunteers: Yes

Service Area: Other

People Served Annually: 150000