Welcome to the Tumwater Historical Association!

You, like our ancestors before us, are currently living the history of our grandchildren and their descendants. The Tumwater Historical Association (THA) provides you the opportunity to help write that history and to document the past and present for generations to come. THA will also help further the appreciation, understanding and teaching of the rich and unique history of the Tumwater area.

Pioneer Kids

Together, we will preserve our history through research, publications and living history activities.

THA promises a year of historical, educational and fun-filled activities for the entire community.  Check out our Calendar / Special Events section, mark the events on your calendar.  We hope you will plan to participate in some of our upcoming events.  Bring the entire family, the programs are great for people of all ages.  We'll be watching for you!


THA Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30, 2018        


The Tumwater Historical Association scholarship of $600 is open to all graduating senior students from both Black Hills High School and Tumwater High School who plan to attend a two or four year college, university or trade school.  Applications can be submitted electronically to Mr. Cooksey by e-mail at robertcooksey078@gmail.com. If electronic media is not possible applications can be sent by snail mail to P.O. Box 4315. Tumwater, WA. 98501-0315, attention “Scholarship Committee”. Students should be aware this scholarship is different in that it can be used for expenses that are run through the student’s school account at the sc hool they are attending (ie: dorm fees, parking fees, meal plans, lab fees, etc.), not just for books and tuition.


This year we are asking applicants to include a teacher recommendation/Letter of support with their applications. This can be from a teacher , pastor, counselor, coach, or a trusted non - related adult who knows the applicant. It will be sent separately, and directly to the committee.

All Applications should be submitted or postmarked by Monday, April 30th, 2018.


Upcoming Special Event(s):        


      May 19 - Thurston County Thru the Decades

                 1950 - 1975:  Thurston County Fairgrounds