Steilacoom Historical Museum Association


The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association (SHMA) is proud to host several seasonal events and special events throughout the year.

Events & Activities

Visit Steilacoom

Established six years after Oregon Trail emigrants first arrived in Puget Sound, Steilacoom was one of the earliest non-Native settlements in the state of Washington.

Tribal Cultural Center

The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association serves the public by preserving local culture, thereby enabling present and future generations to learn about and maintain the heritage of the Town of Steilacoom.

  • Educate the public about the Town's historical significance and advocate the preservation of symbols of that significance,
  • Operate a cluster of museums and collect, preserve and interpret materials that exemplify the history of Steilacoom, thereby preserving the memories of longtime residents,
  • Restore and maintain the Association’s historical structures,
  • Present public and private events that celebrate Steilacoom's characteristics and promote a sense of community,
  • Follow sound and accountable financial practices,
  • Carry out all objectives and activities following the Code of Ethics for Museums of the American Alliance of Museums.
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