Steilacoom Historical Museum Association

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The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association is an entirely volunteer organization.  Its operation depends almost solely upon the generosity of individual men, women, and children who donate their time and energy.   If you would like to volunteer to work on one or more of SHMA’s many activities, please contact us by telephone or mail (see Contact Us). Many families volunteer as a unit.  If you would also like to become a member of the Association, we invite you to complete and submit an application for membership.  Please visit the link titled Membership.  The many opportunities for volunteer work are listed there also.  

Individuals or organizations may also support the work of SHMA through special gifts of money or property.  The donation or selling of property for a reasonable price has allowed SHMA to obtain title to significant historic buildings.  Since SHMA is a non-profit volunteer organization, there may be opportunities for tax savings through your gifts.  

The restoration of SHMA’s historic properties has been possible through the hard work of Association members, the generous support of the community, and through significant grants from the following agencies and foundations:  






If you would like to donate a special gift of money, please contact us at or call us at 253/584-4133.  Thank you for your interest in the preservation of history in Washington's first incorporated town.

New! Consider leaving a legacy of historic preservation by remembering SHMA in your estate planning. We are excited to provide resources to help our supporters learn more about planned giving. Please take a look at our brochure below and visit for general information about planned giving and the importance of striving to leave 10% of your estate to charity. Our brochure includes information about how you can be part of our endowment campaign, which will ensure the successful preservation of Steilacoom history for many generations to come. When you're ready to talk about estate planning or the endowment campaign, call us at (253) 584-4133. 

New! Other (easy!) ways to help, just by doing your regular shopping: 

AmazonSmile: You Shop, Amazon Gives  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization you choose. When you designate SHMA as your charity, and then make sure to access Amazon through, you'll earn a donation for your favorite historical society.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Sign up for this program and earn donations for SHMA every time you shop using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. You keep all your usual benefits (points, coupons, rebates, etc) and Fred Meyer donates to us!