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Did you know...

Westport South Beach Historical Society

  • Owns and maintains the Grays Harbor Lighthouse

  • Operates the Westport Maritime Museum

  • Hosts hundreds of local school and preschool groups

  • Greets thousands of visitors from around the world

  • Curates thousands of photographs and artifacts

  • Provides meeting space for support and community groups

  • Supports the efforts of other maritime museums and small community historical societies statewide

We can't do it without you! 

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Download one of the forms below and mail in with a check ~OR~ Click on the Donate button at the top of the page and make a donation based on the membership list below. Then send us a contact message saying the donation was for a membership. 

Your yearly membership includes:

  • ID cards with unlimited, free admission to the Westport Maritime Museum, the Destruction Island Lens Building, and Grays Harbor Lighthouse for a year.

  • Guest passes (two)

  • Subscription to our quarterly newsletter, “The Foghorn”,

  • Advance notification and invitations to upcoming special events

  • Business Membership includes advertising on website and guest passes (number depending on membership level)

  • Opportunity for your business brochures to be displayed at sites


Individual Membership  $20

Couples Membership  $30

Family Membership (2 adults + children under 18)  $40

Benefactor Membership  $100

Includes two adults and all children under age of 18 within the household

Business Membership Levels:

  • Helmsman: $100.00 (10 admission passes)

    • Sponsorship includes your business card on our website

    • Your business brochures displayed in both locations

  • Navigator: $200.00 (20 admission passes)

    • Sponsorship includes your business card on our website

    • Your business brochures displayed in both locations

  • Captain: $500.00 (30 admission passes)

    • Sponsorship includes your business card on our website

    • Your business brochures displayed in both locations

  • Admiral: $1000.00 (50 admission passes)

    • Sponsorship includes your business card on our website

    • Your business brochures displayed in both locations

Contact our office at the Maritime Museum for more information.

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The Foghorn, our monthly newsletter, features information on upcoming events and fascinating articles about events of long ago. 

Facebook, Pages: Westport Maritime Museum, Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Chief's Club.

Groups: Westport South Beach Historical Society

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Master Chief Fionn "Chief", the Westport Maritime Museum mascot, has his own Instagram, masterchief_fionn and Facebook, Chief's ClubSend us an email to subscribe to the Chief's Club Newsletter via MailChimp.

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Donations and memorial gifts are accepted to help sustain the operations of the Westport Maritime Museum and Grays Harbor Lighthouse. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations may be made for the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund, or to support the Westport Maritime Museum. We will acknowledge your gift to friends or family members if names and addresses are provided.


Every little bit helps! We're deeply grateful for all donations, large and small. 

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We have lots of opportunities for volunteers in person and online. The emphasis is on fun, accomplishment, and an appreciation of this very special place! Call 360-268-0078 for more information. THANK YOU to all the terrific volunteers who help us make history! 


Watchstanders  are docents that help at the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, the Westport Maritime Museum, or Destruction Island Lens Building.

  • Greet visitors, give tours

  • Ticket sales

  • Help with gift shop sales


Special Events

Volunteers are needed to help with our annual events such as: Whale of a Sale, 4th of July, Run 4 the Light, and Santa by the Sea.

Special Projects

Throughout the year we have short term opportunities to join our team. For example, carpentry, gardening, baking for special events, sewing, computer skills, and historical research. If you have a special skill you think might be helpful PLEASE don’t hesitate to call.


Tour Guide

Help give tours that have been booked in advance so you have plenty of lead time. Tours are typically schools, group tours, or larger family groups.

Archive Staff

For volunteers with more time, we will be writing Finding Aids for the Museum Archives. This requires reading archival material such as newspaper clippings, letters, and other published and non-published material. The material is described in a few sentences and compiled into an index we can post online making the collection more accessible for researchers and the general public. Computer skills are not needed, but must have good spelling and legible handwriting. Training is available and you will be working with the executive director. Archive staff needs to commit to at least one day per week, shift length can vary.

Tag Team

As we continue to develop and expand our online photo archives, we'll need volunteers to help us scan, sort, and tag photos to improve searchability. Join us for Tag Team events at McCausland Hall. You bring a laptop. We'll bring the coffee and donuts.  

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Become part of our social media street team! We're grateful for every Like, Share, and Follow. We're working hard to preserve and share images that celebrate the rich history of our coastal community. 


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Become a sponsor and support us through annual membership and donations for our events such as items to be used for silent auctions. Join our growing list of supporters by filling out a business membership today!

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