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Washington State Historical Society and State History Museum 

The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) is proud to welcome Michael Finley as its new tribal liaison. Finley will lead outreach to Washington’s tribal nations to develop positive relationships and support advancement of WSHS programmatic initiatives and exhibitions by ensuring appropriate tribal input and consultation.

“The Washington State Historical Society and State History Museum in Tacoma are primarily responsible for telling the stories of Washington, and those stories aren’t complete without the tribal perspective,” said Finley, who has co-authored a book on Native American history that received a finalist award from the State of Washington's Governor's office. “I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the Society’s mission and I think the people who call Washington home will appreciate the added context to their history.” 

Born and raised in Inchelium, Washington, Finley is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and has twice served as chair of the Colville Business Council. He has also served as first vice president to the National Congress of American Indians. Finley earned his Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in American Indian Studies in 2003, and a Masters in History in 2005, all from Eastern Washington University, where he now serves as a trustee. 

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“We’re proud to make this announcement,” said Jennifer Kilmer, Director of the Washington State Historical Society and State History Museum. “Michael will truly advance our mission of partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all by leading collaboration efforts with tribal communities and ensuring the voice of Native American people, past and present, are at the forefront in all the Society does.”

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Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum (WSHM) is located in Tacoma's downtown core along Pacific Avenue among a thriving cultural scene. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. 

Hours: 10:00AM–5:00PM Tuesday through Sunday. Third Thursday of each month, 10:00AM–8:00PM. 

Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Free for all every Third Thursday between the hours of 3:00-8:00 PM. Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.