Got Stories? The Olympia Armory Needs You! 

The Olympia Armory, an Eastside Neighborhood landmark, is entering a new phase of life. In 2022, it will transition from a military installation to a Creative Campus owned by the City of Olympia. As it retires after over 80 years of military service, the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, the Washington Army National Guard, the City of Olympia, and many other partners have come together to commemorate the life of the monumental building and the lives it has touched.

Do you have a story, photo or remembrance of the Armory? Help us bring this building to life by filling out this form. Stories and oral histories will be collected, curated, and published online for our collective enjoyment and remembrance. Submissions must be entered or emailed by March 31, 2022. Need help or want to talk with someone?  Call 253-512-8469 or email

Tell  all your friends and relatives about the project – the more the merrier! We also invite you to post your recollections and images on social media using the hashtag #olympiaarmorystory. 

To learn more about Olympia history, visit the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum website. 

Credits for slider images: Washington State Archives, Susan Parish Collection, Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, Private Collection, Tacoma Public Library, Washington State Adjutant General’s Office, Historical and Pictorial Review, National Guard of the State of Washington, St. Martin’s University